Meet a Westsider:
Carol Corcoran

Profession/Occupation... I am retired from Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill, where I was an assistant to the vice president of information technology for 17 years.

What I like most about the Westside is... the peaceful, friendly environment, as opposed to the hustle and bustle of the east side of the city.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... to somehow slow down the traffic on 31st Street and also discourage semi-trucks from using 31st as a shortcut between 1-25 and Highway 24.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... “The King’s Speech.” It was excellent, and it also gave me some insight into my ancestry.

The worst advice I’ve ever gotten was... people telling me, “Do not go to work at Shepard’s – you’ll hate it.” And it turned out to be the best job I’ve ever had. I loved working there and met so many nice people who have been friends for a long, long time.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Helen Keller has always fascinated me. I would like to ask her what gave her the ambition to do so much when she could have just given up.

The next time I travel, I’m going... No immediate plans. We have traveled so much in the last few years, I am now content to just stay home.

My favorite childhood memory is... family picnics, with lots of fried chicken, potato salad, homemade ice cream and watermelon.

My favorite spring pastime is... so many things... watching the world come back to life, cheering the grandsons at their spring football and baseball games, sitting on the deck soaking up sunshine...

Something good I’ve read is... “The Help,” by Kathryn Stockett. It is the sad but sometimes humorous story of black maids in Mississippi in the early 1960s.

My pet peeve is... I have a LOT of pet peeves... people who litter, people who don’t pick up after their dogs, speeders, tailgaters and rude people in general.

If I won the lottery I’d... be sure all my grandchildren got good college educations. Then I’d spend a week in Hawaii and give the rest to local charities.

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