Your Turn

Your Turn/Kate Blair

Kate Blair
Posted: Mar. 1, 2020 12:01 am

With KATE BLAIR

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a dancer. Like a lot of Quincy girls, I grew up dancing and loved it from the first lesson at age 5 with Louise Williams. We called her Willy, and she used to inspect classes walking around in a muumuu and heels, smoking from an opera-length cigarette holder saying, "Smile girls!"

What would you rather be doing right now? Traveling. We're homebodies that love to travel. Does that make any sense?

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I'm the only adult in Quincy who's never been to the Abbey. I'm so embarrassed! Told you I was a homebody. And I love to paint, as in rooms. Don't tell anyone, but I'm quite a good painter.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? There was a senior management position that I wanted at the bank where I made my main career. I'll never forget the call when I got that job. I didn't actually like the job, but I wanted it anyway.

It really stinks when ... I have no patience for having to look for something; things should be in their proper place. I think this has something to do with control.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Responsible. I'd be right alongside Queen Elizabeth and June Cleaver.

I always laugh when ... my husband cracks a joke -- he's a very quick wit -- and when I watch my corgi walk from behind. A corgi's waddle is pretty funny.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Galileo, so he could see what science has learned since he first looked up with a telescope. I'd let him borrow my laptop so he could look up some Hubble images. George Washington, the first among equals, because without him we don't exist. And Vincent Van Gogh so I could tell him what the world ended up thinking about his paintings, and me, too. We'd probably just have some wine and cheese, something they could all understand.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... cook dinner.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... I'm not really sure what they thought of me! I do have really fond memories of the whole QHS experience. It felt safe and full of opportunities, and I took advantage of lots of them. Back then things were more real without social media.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I once met Morgan Freeman at a concert at the Staples Center in LA. We were with the owner sitting in his box, and there were celebrities about. I had no idea what to say, so my husband did the talking.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... fly to New York City just for dinner!

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... sky dive. As much as I fly, I don't love to. I really don't think I could jump out of a plane for any amount of money.

America should be more concerned about ... politics aside, climate change. It's a science thing.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... spare buttons. I've kept every extra button that ever came with an outfit. It's quite a cute collection. Hey, maybe it would sell on eBay.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... my banking sites. I worry about hackers.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? My parents always said to think for yourself, and for some reason that one stuck from a very young age.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... NPR.

I always get sentimental when ... I think about our little black and tan mini dachshund, Greta, that we used to have. My dogs definitely make me soft, and I love them for that.

The older I get, the more I realize ... like everyone older, you value time more as it goes by. Time is the most valuable resource.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... probably rethink putting a sick dog in the hospital with unrealistic hopes.

My favorite item of clothing is ... I still love my wedding dress. It's white cut velvet from off the rack at Neiman, and the drape on that thing is just perfect. Here at home, I had Eighth Avenue sew on some little sparkle beads, and I felt like a million bucks in it on the best day of my life, my wedding day in Basel, Switzerland. But that's another story.

If I've learned anything at all ... it's that it's good to keep learning.

 

Kate Blair, 60, was born and raised in Quincy but lived away until 2015 when she moved back to be with her mom and family. She's been married to Don Zimmerman for a long time but never changed her last name. Her first name is actually Kathy, and that's how she grew up and was called until college.