Getting to Know: Christine Baker

Tribune Staff • Nov 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM

This is part of a regular feature, which will normally run on Saturdays, and will appear on the pages of the Grand Haven Tribune and online at grandhaventribune.com. We’ll sit down with a local personality and ask them several questions.

Name: Christine Baker.

What’s your current job? Retired educator, secretary of Grand Haven Board of Education, president of Grand Haven Area League of Women Voters, sit for grandkids regularly.

Readers would be surprised to learn that: I own and operate a used bookstore during the summer in Frankfort.

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would you pick and why? Thomas Jefferson: I admire his unparalleled intellect and ability to articulate a nation's foundational principles. It would be interesting to hear what he had to say about the recent election, the Bill of Rights, public education and our future as a country. Would he still be hopeful, or pessimistic like me?

What’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited? Europe.

What are your hobbies? Reading, walking, cooking.

What’s your favorite restaurant? Hearthstone.

Favorite books? “Angle of Repose,” “Prince of Tides” and “Middlesex.”

What class was the most beneficial to you? Latin — it helped me to understand language origins; improved ACT score!

Have you ever met any celebrities? If Gwen Frostic counts, yes.

What’s your can’t-live-without piece of technology? Cellphone.

What’s your favorite app? Overdrive, Loutit District Library audio books.

If you weren’t in your current position, what would you like to do? Experiment with cooking more. There is never enough time to be creative.

If you could travel back in time to any certain era or event, when/where would you pick, and why? Ancient Rome. I have always been fascinated by that period of history. The remarkable achievements in culture, government, buildings and infrastructure/roads/aqueducts has impressed and intrigued me.

Who was the biggest influence on your life? My mother.

What’s your favorite movie or TV show? “The Godfather” and “Fargo.”

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Be grateful.

What do you love about West Michigan? The water.

Do you have any pets? Not anymore.

What’s at the top of your bucket list? Australia.

What’s your pet peeve? Willfully uninformed voters. Our country can't afford them.

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