GETTING PERSONAL: …with Elaine Sullivan

Q. Where did you grow up?

A. In the Boston area until high school, when my family moved to Palo Alto, CA.

Q. What was your first job out of college?

A. Teaching high school English, speech, and drama in Maryland.

Q. What’s the weirdest thing that has happened to you on the job?

A. Meeting the White House director of presidential advance in a parking lot to give him special Black Dog presidential T-shirts.

Q. Do you shop by catalog?

A. I shop all the time, although lately I have switched to catalogers’ Websites. I buy from Real Goods, Williams-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel, Gardeners Eden, Levenger, Pottery Barn, and many others.

Q. What are your favorite Websites?

A. Ceoexpress,, Eknitting, Salon, Expedia,, and Dr. Koop.

Q. Other than perhaps your current job, what would your dream job be?

A. Mystery writer.

Q. Who is your favorite cartoon character?

A. Snoopy.

Q. What is the best book you have ever read?

A. West with the Night, by Beryl Markham.

Q. Which catalog do you most admire, and why?

A. I just saw a new catalog from Bliss Spa – it was very creative. For instance, it had sunglass outlines for you to punch out and put on your face to determine your best shape. It was lots of fun.

Q. What is the worst movie you have ever seen?

A. Anything with Jim Carrey.

Q. What’s your biggest worry in life?

A. Not being able to keep up with my nine-year-old.

Q. Who is your favorite musical artist?

A. Right now it’s The Dixie Chicks; for all time, Rosemary Clooney.

Q. If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would you be?

A. Diane Sawyer.

Q. Where would you like to visit that you’ve not been before?

A. Egypt.

Q. What do you like to do in your spare time?

A. Sleep.

Q. Were you wild or bookwormish at school?

A. Wednesday weekends were my specialty.

Q. Are you a dog person or a cat person?

A. Absolutely dog!

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