Central Carolina People@Work: W.W. Seymour Jr.
NAME: Woodrow Wilson Seymour Jr.
FAMILY: Wife, Anne Smith; sisters, Jane LaRue and Helen Burns; brother-in-law, Charles LaRue; cat, Katie
POSITION: Attorney at law; president, W.W. Seymour Jr., PA
What are five most frequently-played songs on your iPod playlist? While I prefer local radio and CDs to my iPod, at the top of my favorites are “Light My Fire” by the Doors, “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney, “I’m Not in Love” by 10cc, “Summertime’s Calling Me” by the Catalinas and “Our Day Will Come” by Frankie Valli.
What is your favorite movie? It is a tie between 1963’s “The Great Escape” (seen at the Wilrik Theater!) and 1973’s “American Graffiti”
What is your favorite book? I have read many books in my life. Other than the Holy Bible, a book that has been meaningful to me is “The Road Less Travelled” by Dr. M. Scott Peck. Of course, I have to consider a certain book about Sanford and Lee County written by a couple of local historians in 2006.
Is there a hobby you can’t live without? I have always enjoyed radio listening — the rock ‘n’ roll era, local AM and FM stations, international shortwave radio and listening to old radio shows from the “Golden Age of Radio.”
Is there an item or collectible you hold dear? The captain’s chair given to my dad when he retired as a trustee of Davidson College.
Where would someone be most likely to find you on a Saturday night? Having dinner with my wife at a local restaurant and then watching British television programs on UNC-TV
What was your dream job when you were a child? Attorney
What are some of your favorite things? Reading, walking, local radio and TV, baseball, local history, working in local helping organizations, singing in the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church
What would be your last meal? A really good hamburger and a really good salad from local restaurants, fresh local tomatoes, spinach casserole from the Central Carolina Hospital Cafeteria.
Who would be your ideal dinner guests? (Name three, living or dead) There are many family members and friends from past and present that I would enjoy having dinner with, but I think that a dinner with former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush would be interesting. They respect each other, the conversation would be fascinating and I would do my best to get them on “Live at 9” after dinner.
What is something interesting most people don’t know about you? My wife Anne and I were extras in the 1988 movie “Bull Durham.”
Ideal vacation spot: The coast or mountains of North Carolina
Favorite professional sports team: Durham Bulls
If you were given $5,000 to donate to a nonprofit organization, which would you pick? I would divide it among the Sanford Lions Charitable Works, the Railroad House Historical Association, WBFT Channel 46, Family Promise of Lee County and CUOC.
Ever had a brush with celebrity? It has been exciting to meet a number of professional baseball players past and present over the years. One-on-one conversations with musician Jerry Butler, former President Jimmy Carter, baseball player Ted Williams, golfer Arnold Palmer and actress Betty Lynn (Mayberry’s own Thelma Lou) were highlights. However, nothing compares to a lifetime of associating with Jimmy Haire and Wayne Staton!
What’s your favorite website? Radiospirits.com
Would you go bungee jumping or skydiving? After surviving a jump off of the Airborne training platform at Fort Bragg during ROTC summer camp, perhaps I should quit while I am ahead!
Ever been outside the United States? France, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Canada, Mexico
Favorite season? Summer — the season of baseball and forever being out of school for three months!
What’s the hardest thing that you have had to tell someone? Telling someone about the death of a loved one
What’s the most embarrassing experience you’ve ever had at work? Forgetting an appointment
Biggest pet peeve? Distracted driving, especially texting while driving
What talent do you wish you had? I wish that I had been a better baseball player.
Ever seen a ghost? No, but I have seen an UFO!
What superhero power would you most like to have? The Shadow’s ability to “cloud men’s minds,” making him invisible.
What was your favorite TV show when you were growing up? “The Andy Griffith Show.” Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!
Favorite band or musical artist? I was 14 years of age when the Beatles first appeared in the USA, and I celebrated my 60th birthday seeing Sir Paul McCartney in concert.
To keep the stars on the flag nice and even, which state should be traded for Puerto Rico? Although some states can be aggravating, it wouldn’t be the good ole’ USA without the present 50.
Who’s your best friend and why? My wife, Anne, has been my best friend since the age of 19, She accepts me for the way that I am, and she is supportive of my endeavors.
If you could go back in time and change one historic event, what would it be? While I would like to give the victims of Sept. 11, 2001 an opportunity to continue with their lives, I have always wondered what the world would have been like if the gunfire had missed President John F. Kennedy.
What’s your favorite condiment? Ketchup or catsup
If you could create one rule that all society had to live by, what would it be? Listen to and respect the opinions of others, even if you disagree.
How do you define success? Loving, serving, achieving, appreciating
Describe your life philosophy in six words or less: Use common sense in all things