TAMPA - Ten Questions is a fun article we publish each week featuring one of our top newsmakers or community members. This is a fun way you can get to know them better.
This week, Sarina connects with a familiar face. Sean Daly is the Pop Music Critic for the St. Pete Times, and brings us colorful reports on ABC Action News on weekend mornings. He is obviously very comfortable in front of a camera, so why is he is so nervous holding one?
10 questions for Pop Music Critic Sean Daly
1.) What is your all time favorite movie or song?
Fave flick is " Raiders of the Lost Ark"; first time I saw it (I was 11 with tremendously large 1981 hair), I walked into the theater 15 minutes late, thus missing the most thrilling opening to any movie ever. ("Adios, Sapito.") That's why I'm absolutely neurotic about going to the movies today -- gotta get there at least a half-hour early. Yes, even for chick flicks.
Fave song (as of right this second, 'cuz my answer morphs constantly) would be Elton John's "Rocket Man." Wait...wait...wait. Rufus Wainwright's "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk." Wait!!! Sam Cooke's " A Change Is Gonna Come."
2.) . Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?
I have a BlackBerry. Is that a smartphone? Is Twitter an app? Jeez, I'm losing young readers by the dozens now, aren't I? I tweet rather frequently ( @seandalypoplife ) and I still Facebook with vim and vigor ( facebook.com/seandaly.tampabay ). Is any of this answering the question? Moving on....
3. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?
Oooh, good one. You know, I never really bonded with my teachers in high school and college; I was just kinda afraid of 'em. But when I was the music critic at the Washington Post, I had an editor (who called himself "my legal counsel") named Peter Kaufman who taught me a ton about life in and out of a major metropolitan newspaper. Still hear his voice in my head all the time -- like Obi-Wan Kenobi.
By the way, my fave song answer changed again...Frank Sinatra's "Summer Wind."
4. What was your very first job?
I was a busboy at York Steakhouse in Capital City Mall outside Harrisburg, Pa. 1985 maybe? Horrible work, lotta grease-trap emptying. However, I would soon wisely alter my career path and become a poolboy at a Marriott Courtyard in Hunt Valley, Md. I wore impossibly snug white Magnum P.I. shorty-shorts. The housekeepers would all wolf-whistle at me. Loved it! Wonder if those shorts still fit?
5. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Doesn't matter what camera I'm using, I have a staggering inability to take a decent picture. Seriously, I feel bad for families at theme parks who ask me, an unfortunate random stranger, to snap their shot. Let's just say there's a good chance Uncle Larry is going to be missing his head.
6. What do you consider your greatest success?
Having two stunningly beautiful daughters.
7. Tell us something about you most people don't know?
I'm a giant Disney nerd. Totally fascinated with the Imagineering of the theme parks, the "architecture of reassurance." Wonkiness aside, I also enjoy screaming like a girl on the Tower of Terror and drinking my way "around the world" at EPCOT.
8. If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?
Walt Disney, former Boston Red Sox slugger Jim Rice and my late, great father, John Daly, the kindest man I've ever known.
9. What is in your fridge right now?
Yikes. I'm a single dad these days, so there's juice boxes and beer and chicken nuggets and really old Chinese food that is slowly developing the evolutionary ability to move on its own.
10. If you could have a different career, other than what you're doing now, what would it be?
An Imagineer designing the next great thrill ride at Walt Disney World. (Or a poolboy again. I'm telling you, that was a sweet gig.)
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