Archive for Thursday, October 8, 2009

Neighbors: Ira DeSpain

October 8, 2009

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.

Favorite things

Song: Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight; YMCA - The Village People

Movie: Field of Dreams

Color: Red

Food: Beef

Comments

Peabody 4 years, 11 months ago

Who is this crazy Cubs' fan? I say we run him out of town!

Anonymous

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TheOnlyGreyghost 4 years, 11 months ago

At least he's not rootin' for those dirty red birds!

~Also Anonymous

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Peabody 4 years, 11 months ago

I may not be rootin' for them too much longer -- the dirty birds' season seems to be coming to an end pretty fast!

But as the Cubbies say (every dang season/preseason), "There's always next year!"

Peabonymous

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