Neighbors: Ira DeSpain
Name: The Rev. Ira DeSpain
Occupation: United Methodist Clergyman
Family: Married to Barb, my high school sweeetheart for 40 years, two grown married children, four spectacular grandchildren.
Place of birth: Ottawa, Kan., but I grew up in Chicago.
Q. How long have you lived in Baldwin City and what brought you here?
A. Since September 1992. I came to serve as the minister to Baker University.
Q. What's the biggest risk you've ever taken?
A. Attempting to live as a Christian when it does not seem like the sensible or expedient thing to do.
Q. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
A. Don't push the panic button. If you live through a problem you'll have plenty of chances to work things out.
Q. What two things would you want people to know about you?
A. I absolutely love being a grandfather. I can live with pain — I'm a Cubs fan.
Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A. A play-by-play sports announcer.
Q. What's the best way for you to get away from it all?
A. Baseball, fishing, reading.
Q. What's your ideal vacation spot?
A. Any beach, but especially Gulf Shores, Ala.
Song: Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight; YMCA - The Village People
Movie: Field of Dreams