In the Easy Chair with ... Bill Lancelotta

In the Easy Chair with ... Bill Lancelotta

The Westerly Sun


AGE: 50.

OCCUPATION: Program coordinator at the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park.

RESIDENCE: Westerly.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Warwick.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Last week, it was finishing up my final semester at URI’s Graduate School of Library & Information Studies. This week, it’s planning the summer animation programs.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: Listening to music while I’m reading.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: The stop-motion animated film we made at the library last summer in my tween program, “Animation Nation.”

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being helpful and a team player.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Now that I’ve graduated, Visit New Orleans.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: A pen, scraps of paper, and my keys.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: An actor.

PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My wife, Eleanor Deredita.

FAVORITE AUTHOR: Terry Pratchett.

I AM READING: “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill.

I AM LISTENING TO: “From Elvis in Memphis,” by Elvis Presley, and “Two Steps From the Blues,” by Bobby Bland.

FAVORITE MOVIES: “Mr. Smith goes to Washington,” “Casablanca,” and Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” a favorite since I was a kid.

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Star Trek.” (the original)

FAVORITE PET: Indy, my cat.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Lasagna.

AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: 0

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.

PET PEEVE: When people jump to conclusions without gathering all of the facts.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” — Bob Dylan, 1965.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Westerly Library and Wilcox Park.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Westerly Library and Wilcox Park.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: Everything. I am little known.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Go back to school (from my wife).

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Go back to school (learning is good).

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Make education and health care free.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Hire a housekeeper, a gardener, and a handyman.

I DRIVE A: Black 2012 Toyota Prius C.

I WISH I DROVE A: Convertible – any kind.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Cheese.

IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Bob Dylan

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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