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December 09, 2013
Andrew McIntosh, assistant professor of sociology, was tagged by last week's Q & A subject, Gloria Lopez.
When I'm not at NCC, you can find me: Downtown Bethlehem. Or Wegmans.
The last book I read was: The Widening Gyre. A "Spenser" novel, Boston-based gumshoe. Perfect to fall asleep to.
Are you married? Yes, to my wife Ellyn Siftar for 16 years. And with four children as well: Anna, 18 years; Philip, 14; Margaret, 9; and Katherine, 6.
What is one thing your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you? I spend an inordinate amount of time listening to sports on the radio. I also can be spotted in and around Bethlehem spinning old school Hip Hop under my alias "DJ ARM 18."
Have you ever met someone famous? Afrika Bambaataa, one of the godfathers of Hip Hop.
The best memory I have of working here at NCC is: At least once a semester, an assumption I may have about a student or a group of students is turned on its head and I become the learner.
Who are your heroes? So many, inspiration is where you find it. Malcolm X, sociologist C. Wright Mills, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, Grandmaster Flash, Chuck D, Brit impresario Tony Wilson, Fab Five Freddy, Hip Hop scholar Tricia Rose, Ted Williams, Bill Waterson, Stanley Kubrick, my immediate family and friends in no small way. I could go on and on!
Football or baseball? Baseball. Red Sox. Enough said.
If you could offer one piece of advice to the students at NCC, it would be: Don't let school get in the way of your education. Yes, grades and degrees are the culminating goal but it's your relationships with peers, professors and counselors, those qualitative experiences at school that you take with you for the rest of your life.
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? Previous incarnations of myself from past lives if that cosmology is true. Not sure I would get a word in edge wise, though.
If I could have any super power, it would be: C-3PO Power: the ability to understand and speak any language anywhere in the world, old or new.
What is your favorite television show? Miami Vice
What's on your iTunes playlist right now? On an 80s kick: Duran Duran, Simply Red, Joe Jackson.
What has been the proudest moment of your life so far? Anytime my family does something creative or in service to others, I get a bit puffed up. From my younger daughters' prodigious artistic output to my son committing to a week-long mission trip last summer to my oldest daughter enrolled at NYU this fall for film, it's hard not to be proud papa, beaming.
The last movie I saw was: Flight with Denzel Washington
The last concert I attended was: Cold Crush Brothers, Sha Rock, Lisa Lee and Raheem at Cornell University last spring. These are but a handful of the Bronx, NY, pioneers of rap and Hip Hop culture that has spread worldwide over the last three decades.
Who do you tag to go next? Tara Zrinski
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