NIC BAKER

Profile Updated: June 6, 2009
Residing In: Fairfax, VA USA
Spouse/Partner: Candace
Occupation: Business writer
Children: One stepdaugher, 37. One dog, 2.
Yes! Attending Reunion
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There is life after high school!

School Story:

Got suspended three times during my sophomore year, was very successful my senior year. Much happened in between!

Who was your favorite East High Teacher? Why?

Jack Christensen--He had more impact on my life than any other adult (other than my parents). He helped me realize that I could succeed by playing by the rules.

What is the funnest thing you have done recently?

Vacationed in Hanoi last month. Of course, we're of a generation that previously would not have thought going to Vietnam was "fun."

If you could have a "do-over" for one year or event in your life, what would it be, and why"

Go to third grade. It took me a long time to mature enough to make up the age difference from skipping a grade.

How have your priorities changed in the last 10 years?

More interested in "extracurricular" activities, such as playing piano and ice skating, trying to develop new interests as I get older. I just wish I were good at any of them!

Who would you most like to have lunch with?

Probably Bill Clinton, whom I see as being one of the most intelligent and interesting people in the country.
I guess another possibility would be Johnette Napolitano, although that would not be for cerebral reasons.

Summarize the most important things you have learned since 1969.

That how we behave is much more important than what we believe.

Also, there are three measures for the quality of one's life: love, work, and health (all broadly defined). Most people have two of these, myself included. Some have one, and I know a few--very few--folks who have three.

Can be good for one's perspective: It's easy to dwell on the one measure we do not have, while forgetting about the two that we do.

What question would you like to answer that hasn't been asked? Please answer it.

What is your greatest success in your life?

...My marriage.

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