We announced a little while back that we planned toÂ hire a new staff memberÂ in charge of keeping FrontBurner fed throughout each day. We got a lot of great applicants, but the best by far was Bradford Pearson of our sister company People Newspapers.
Brad will officially join the D Magazine online team tomorrow, Nov. 1. His sole mission will be to produce a host of daily blog content that both entertains and informs our readers. We’re excited about the years of newspaper beat reporting, along with a terrific ability to discern and discover the best of what’s online, that he’ll bring to the new gig. Brad hails from the state of New York, attended university in Philadelphia, and worked and lived in Maryland before following a woman to Dallas (I’m assured that she was fully aware that he’d be tagging along.)
Shortly before Brad left our offices for a week to go get married back east, I conducted an IM-based Q&A with him, to help introduce him to long-suffering FrontBurnervians. The transcript follows:
me: So, welcome to FrontBurner. Let’s start by endearing you to our audience. Who’s your least favorite FrontBurner commenter, and why?
Bradford: am I allowed to pick Tim? If so, TIM
me: Beautifully dodged
Bradford: I can’t make them all hate me on day one.Â they’ll have plenty of time for that
me: You’re recently married (actually about to get married). Why?
Bradford: this is probably a better question for her.Â I’m just lucky she said yes.Â I sort-of fell ass-backwards into a great girl, and fooled her into thinking I would be an above-average husband
me: You’re coming to D Magazine after a couple years at People Newspapers. Is your career plan to move from one dying industry to another?
Bradford: you caught onto my plan.Â I actually started as a child in a coal mine, and plan to end my career as an installer of asbestos tiles.Â seriously, though, I’m excited about the possibilities the internet provides for magazines and newspapers.Â I think the death of both is exaggerated
me: Of course it is. But one thing that’s certainly not been exaggerated one bit is the importance of the dearly departed Big Tex to our lives. I realize you’re not a native Texan, but would you say Big Tex was more like the uncle who’d always buy beer for you in high school or the brother-in-law who continues to promise to pay back the $5K you invested in his ostrich farm?
Bradford: I’d say he was more like the high school science teacher who was a bit too obsessed with the “depths of the universe.”Â friendly at first, but there’s something deep down in there that’s not quite right.
me: What’s the biggest difference between Dallas and your hometown, Poughkeepsie, New York?
Bradford: a quick list:
1. no delis
2. fewer Italians
3. something else having to do with Italy
me: So, from our perspective:
1. no taquerias
2. fewer Mexicans
3. something else having to do with Tex-Mex
Bradford: that’s pretty on-the-nose.Â there are a few taquerias, but yes, Tex-Mex is usually reserved for the Ortega shelf at Stop and Shop,Â and I realize I equated taquerias with Tex-Mex, which is incorrect.Â I’m still learning
me: We’ll give you time. Our commenters might not, but we will.
Bradford: I appreciate that
me: Seriously though, what do you hope to bring to FrontBurner? (13 words or less.)
Bradford: As a reporter, I’d like to come at stories from a different angle. (13, right on the nose)
me: Will that angle be acute or obtuse?
Bradford: that angle will include an increased use of Twitter and Facebook, so probably obtuse
me: OK, lightning round. (Stolen from Inside the Actor’s Studio)
What’s your favorite word?
me: What’s your least favorite word?
me: What turns you on?
Bradford: that little button in the upper right corner
me: What turns you off?
me: What sound do you love?
Bradford: running water
me: What sound do you hate?
Bradford: the cash register door opening
me: What’s your favorite curse word?
me: What profession, other than yours, would you like to attempt?
Bradford: I’ve wanted to be a chef since I was in sixth grade
me: What profession would you not like to do?
Bradford: firing squad executioner
me: If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Bradford: “You had a rough start, but we’re glad you shaped up.”
me: And to borrow from the great French television personality, Bernard Pivot, on his show Apostrophes: What’s the largest animal you could kill with your bare hands?
Bradford: I’ve answered this question a few different ways, but I think I’ve settled on goat a swift punch gets it to the ground, then just let instincts take over
me: Thanks, Brad. I think I speak for the entire Fraternity of FrontBurnervians when I say we look forward to trolling you in the comments.
Bradford: “Fraternity of FrontBurnervians” sounds so formal; are there jackets?
me: Oh, there are jackets. But you’ve got to earn yours.
Bradford: challenge accepted