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    Ed Franklin in the Easy Chair.| (Grace White / The Westerly Sun)

    In The Easy Chair: Ed Franklin

    AGE 87 in September.


    RESIDENCE New York City.

    BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN New York City (summer resident of Westerly since 1963).

    FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME At the Metropolitan Museum of Art; a 10-minute walk across Central Park via the reservoir.

    PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT Having three wonderful children who married great spouses and produced seven loving and lovable grandchildren who all are genuinely good human beings.

    WHAT I HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR Finding and marrying the perfect woman.

    TOP ITEM ON MY BUCKET LIST More time with my dwindling group of old friends.


    WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP Financially secure (I was a child of the depression).

    PERSON OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST Since I retired from business and returned to professional theater, I would say Harland Meltzer, who in 1988 introduced me to Westerly audiences in “Bedroom Farce,” when the Granite was still an Equity theater. He produced and, in most cases, directed the 17 Shakespeare in Wilcox Park plays that I have had the good fortune to act in. The current one, “The Taming of the Shrew,” stars two of my favorite stage companions, Paul Romero and Marion Markham. They are hilarious and yet very moving.

    FAVORITE AUTHOR F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    LAST BOOK READ I reread “The Great Gatsby,” as well as the next two of Fitzgerald’s best novels, “This Side of Paradise” and “Tender is the Night.”

    FAVORITE SONG Almost anything by Rodgers and Hart.

    FAVORITE MOVIE “Shakespeare in Love.”

    FAVORITE TV SHOW Masterpiece Mystery (just about all of them, but originally Inspector Morse and now Sherlock Holmes).

    FAVORITE PET Standard dachshunds. Our current one, Stitch, was born and bred in North Stonington.


    AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK Five minutes. Most of my grandkids are “friends,” and I enjoy reading their thoughts and seeing the pictures they post. I am sometimes shocked but never discuss it with their parents.


    PET PEEVE People like me who talk too much about themselves.

    FAVORITE QUOTATION Polonius to his son in “Hamlet”: Neither a borrower or lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

    MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD The library and glorious Wilcox Park, as well as the number of people of all ages and backgrounds who come to our shows in the park. Westerly audiences are the best! I also enjoy contact with local youngsters who act in or help with Colonial Theater productions. I am astounded by their ambition, good manners and knowledge. Over the years, I have seen many of them go off to good schools and successful careers. Westerly parents and teachers must be doing something right.

    CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Fresh-cut pineapple.

    LITTLE-KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME None. I talk too much.

    BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED In basic training in World War II, I spoke back to an uneducated corporal who proceeded to deny me a weekend pass while he handed them out to his friends. When I complained, he ordered me to stay up all night cleaning the latrine and said I would never get a pass. I phoned my father, who told me to go back to the corporal, apologize and, if necessary, lick his boot. I did and got the pass. Life can be unfair, but accept it and get on with the job.

    ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE Never do anything out of breath.

    IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Try to find the wisest most experienced men and women to guide me and help in finding the right people to provide the public with those services that are essential. I would ask that authority and responsibility be given only to persons who understand that they are there to serve the public and not themselves nor me.

    IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS I have never played the lottery and never will.

    I DRIVE A 2005 titanium green Ford Freestyle SUV.

    I WISH I DROVE AN SUV that gets better mileage.

    ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Marmalade.

    IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE William Shakespeare, who is unfortunately not available. However, I urge every reader to commune with his lively spirit in Wilcox Park before “The Taming of the Shrew” closes on Aug. 18 (8 p.m. every night but Monday).

    — Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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