MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Dan Lynch, 67
Dan Lynch has interviewed presidents, hosted radio public affairs programs, created documentaries for the History Channel, run for public office - and just finished his 13th book.
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What are you hobbies?
Painting. I paint portraits, landscapes, wildlife, realistic things. I don’t do abstract or impressionism. Landscapes. I also play golf and I go to the beach.
Who is your favorite author?
Richard Russo is my favorite contemporary author. He is absolutely brilliant. I’m also a great fan of John O’Hara, who wrote about my parents’ generation.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Spending summers at this lake (in the Finger Lakes). It is a wonderful place. It looks like Switzerland around Lake Lucerne. I learned to swim here (it’s also about 60 miles from his childhood home).
Who is the most interesting person you’ve interviewed?
One of the great characters was Frank Rizzo, who was the mayor of Philadelphia at the time. He would say anything that came into his head and was great fun to cover as a result of that. He was born without restraint but I couldn’t use half of his quotes in a family newspaper.