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Michelle Ziekert

Michelle Ziekert

Vice President

“ I learned one can’t put a limit on learning limits.”

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What technological innovation in the last few years are you the most excited about?

Google car, but I will only buy one if it comes disguised as a 1968 Camaro. I also love the LG Smart Oven, despite its evident multiple personality disorder.

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How many languages do you speak?

Only one fluently. I speak some German as well as a variety of Italian swear words.

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What was the last good book you read?

The Book Thief. I picked it up at the store while at the airport and I don’t normally pick off the bestseller lists, ever since The Da Vinci Code.

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What was your first paying job?

Steinway Pianos. I was hired by my father to repair piano actions (key beds) for which they paid me $.50 per key.

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What was your favorite college course?

“The Translation of Drama into Opera.” I was an English major and the hardest, and best, course I took was a seminar where the professor would hand us text versions of operas and we had to follow the process of translating that text to the opera. What I enjoyed was less about getting information to memorize, but more about theory and making decisions.

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If you could have lunch with any person, living or dead (other than a relative) who would it be?

Moms Mabley – with Wanda Sykes for translation.

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How did you get started in this industry?

I was the advertising copywriter for a college textbook publishing house on Third Avenue. My first published work was back cover copy for a college math text that sold for $235 per piece. I learned one can’t put a limit on learning limits.

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What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Picking up little pink plastic ponies. Nothing gives me more angst than picking up horses.

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What is your favorite drink?

Gin & tonic.

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Why were you given your name?

I had to call home and ask. My mother: “ Why, you don’t like it????” My father: “It sounds nice so what do you care?”

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Do you have any hidden talents?

Yes, and revealing such would invalidate this question.

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If you could live during any time period, which would it be?

Right now, I’d take a stint in the 1920’s — period that spans the roaring twenties and the depression. Would be fascinating to experience NYC at that time, despite the horrible dental care and polio. See pre-crash decadence against depression fortitude. Big highs & lows. Also, flapper fashion is a huge plus.

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Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I can out-insomnia a vampire on red-bull.