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Oprah Winfrey – Harpo Studios – Interview #14 – A San Franciscan Resident

The following interviews are the opinions of individuals in the San Francisco Community. No harm of any kind is intended. . . . And each individual’s statements are truly their own ….


Nane: Jackson
Education: New York University Tisch School of the Arts
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 200 lbs.
Age: 28
Birth Place/Origin: Long Beach, CA. USA
Occupation: Freelance Writer, Web Geek
Present Location/Where do you live? San Francisco, CA 94110 (two blocks from Tony!)
Favorite Book: “Gravity’s Rainbow” by Thomas Pynchon

1.) What do you think is the world’s greatest asset?
I’d have to say life, if you take ‘the world’ literally. It’s certainly something no other planet in the solar system has going for it! Okay, okay, so some bacteria may live on Mars, so multi-cellular life, I guess.

2.) If you could make one wish for humanity what would it be?
I only get one? Man, humanity has some problems big enough to need a dozen or more! I’d have to say as much as there are some folks I’d like to open up a can of whoop-ass on, it would be nice if we could do something about violence in a permanent way.

3.) How has the AIDS/HIV Panademic affected you?
Man. So many ways. I mean, forget free love! Seriously, though, I have a pretty sad story about a friend:

When I was growing up in Seattle, my family had some neighbors who were good family friends. They were deeply religious, though they came from a very progressive Catholic tradition that stressed social justice and love as part of Raymond Hunthausen’s archdiocese in Seattle. In the early nineties, they lost their brother to AIDS. When the family held services for him, his life partner of over a decade wasn’t recognized once, nor did the priest mention why this wonderful, friendly, loving man had died. I found that level of willful ignorance so much more tragic.

4.) How many years have you participated in the AIDSLifeCycle Event?
Sadly, I’ve never actually made the ride. I did help out with one of Tony’s fundraisers, though, and hope to continue helping him and all my friends who participate in any way I can.

5.) Have you participated in any other AIDS related charity events? (If so, what? And, how many?)
Oh, man, too many to count. Walks, fundraisers, donations — ever since I was a kid.

6.) If you had one thing to say to the world, what would it be?
I know it can lead to cynicism, but really, please value reason and ration, especially over anger and hate.

7.) If you had one thing to say to Oprah Winfrey, what would it be?
I love Ezell’s fried chicken too! Oh, and helping out with the AIDSLifeCycle ride is the opportunity of a lifetime.

8.) If you had one thing to say to Lance Armstrong, what would it be?
Sorry to hear about those positive drug tests surfacing from 1999! Oh, and helping out with the AIDSLifeCycle ride is the opportunity of a lifetime.

9.) What are you passions in life?
Art, baseball, funk, computers and drinking beer with my friends — in no particular order.

10.) What are your personal goals in life?
Figuring out how to live comfortably doing what I love to do.

11.) Who is your favorite cyclist?
I always though Greg LeMonde got a short shrift in the US. He was a great Tour de France champion.

12.) What is your life motto?
“Liberte, egalite, fraternite.” Or something like that.

13> What is your favorite book?
Oh, that’s a tough one. But if Oprah really wanted to challenge her book club, how about “Gravity’s Rainbow” by Thomas Pynchon

Thanks Jackson!

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