Meet a Westsider:
Arwilla Cook

Profession/Occupation... I retired in 1985 from School District 11. I was the secretary at Buena Vista from 1960-65 and transferred to Palmer High from 1965-85.

What I like most about the Westside is... That it is special and we have our home here. I moved to Colo-rado Springs (sight unseen) in 1953 with my husband and our two small children.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... I like it the way it is, without the proposed new interchange.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... “A Family Thing,” with Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones – a heartwarming family drama (1996).

The worst advice I’ve ever gotten was... “Watch out for those #@#* Yankees.” So I married one 61 years ago and haven’t regretted it yet!

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Jimmy Carter. He seems to be such a caring, sincere and down-to-earth person.

The next time I travel, I’m going to... revisit Victoria, British Columbia and that area. I have no plans now and perhaps I never will, but it would be nice.

My favorite childhood memory is... being at my grandparents’ home at Christmas in rural North Carolina. I was about 4 years old and it had snowed. We strung popcorn and used paper cutouts to decorate a large tree.

My favorite fall pastime is... reading, visiting people, yoga, volunteering at Braille and walking the dog.

Something good I’ve read is.. “The Cowboy and His Elephant,” by Malcolm MacPherson, the story of a remarkable friendship involving a well-known local person.

My pet peeve is... to see someone using a cell phone while driving a car.

If I won the lottery, I’d... share it with family members and help others I know who could definitely use help – plus giving more to favorite charities.

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