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Signature Memphis | December 2018

Photo by Steve Roberts

Otis Sanford

Hardin Chair of Excellence in Economic and Managerial Journalism at the University of Memphis; political analysis/commentator for WATN-TV Local 24 News; and political columnist for The Daily Memphian

Hometown: Como, Mississippi

Favorite Song: “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye

Your Lucky Charm: I really don’t have one. But if I had to pick, it would be a computer keyboard.

Your Best Quality: I am a deep thinker.

A Nonliving Celebrity/Role Model You Would Invite to Dinner: Frederick Douglass

Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”: Stax music

Favorite Place to Travel: The Florida Gulf Coast

Best Memphis Hangout: CK’s Coffee Shop at Poplar and Belvedere

First Car You Owned: 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, silver gray with a black landau roof

Place You Go to Think: Audubon Park

Favorite Southern Idiom: ‘Til the cows come home

Best Advice You Ever Got: Study journalism and become a writer/reporter

Your Most Annoying Habit: Procrastination

The Highlight of Your Day: Having a great meal with family

Proudest Moment of Your Life: Too many to name. But aside from marriage and children, publishing my first book.

Who Would Play You in a Movie: A younger James Earl Jones

Something You’ll Never Live Down: Refusing to eat cheese

One Goal You’d Still Like to Accomplish: Write more books