Each week, Insider’s Culture Editor Sara Havens selects an interesting person in the community to highlight in the popular “7 Questions With” series. It’s meant to be a fun and lighthearted look at all the people who help make Louisville thrive, and along with a brief intro and bio, Havens grills her subjects by asking each the same seven questions.
Below, she’s rounded up some of the best answers from the year — from favorite pizza toppings to strange Bucket List goals. Enjoy.
What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
After answering 7 Questions with Sara Havens, I’d like to take up archery. —Louisville Improvisor Brian Hinds
I want to live in a tiny house. It may be surprising because I’m a tall dude (6-foot-7) and a tiny house would feel really tiny to me. There’s just something really appealing about not being so concerned with material things and freeing up money to be able to go on more adventures with my wife and daughter. —Crosley Radio’s Jason Menard
I’ve always wanted to go to a beach where baby sea turtles hatch and protect them from predators and poachers with a Louisville Slugger until they reach the shore. It’s a sweet idea until you picture me swinging a baseball bat at birds, lizards and possibly humans. —Garage Bar’s Lauren Titus
I think it would surprise most that I don’t have a Bucket List. My life has been amazing — along for the ride. —Musician Karter Louis
I would love to see the city of Louisville become the arts and cultural mecca of the United States. I recently helped launch Louisville’s new master plan for the arts — Imagine Greater Louisville 2020. Seeing that plan come to fruition is a big Bucket List item for me. —Frazier History Museum president Penny Peavler
I don’t have a Bucket List — I just live and love life every day. Every day is a new adventure. My go-to motto is “Eat well, love life.” —Chef Anoosh Shariat
Probably the most surprising thing would be to travel to Iceland to see the necromancer pants (pants made from the skin of a dead man). I like what they represent about a culture of consent. —Suspend’s Anne Miller
Wanting to go to every wine-producing region in the world. —Cuvée master sommelier Scott Harper
Besides being cool enough to be asked to answer your 7 Questions? I want to spend some time in Spain traveling around eating paella and drinking wine. —Former Louisville Youth Group director Anna Giangrande
To live in a cheap hotel for a year before I die. Don’t ask me why, but it’s something I’ve always dreamed of. Probably because I’d be alone and get to do lots of writing. It comes right before walking the Santiago Trail in Spain. —Author/ghost tour guide David Dominé
What poster was on your wall in junior high?
It would have been Buddy Holly, who I adored. My best friend, Sally Wax, and I stood on the sidewalk singing, and in order to pass “the toll road,” you had to listen to us sing his songs. On the day he died, we wore black arm bands to school and truly mourned his death. —Jewish Film Fest director Marsha Bornstein
I had a little bit of everything going on. I had a bulletin board covered with pictures of bands from U2 to No Doubt, cars, the cast of “Friends” … I think there was even a magic eye print somewhere. Remember those? —Brown-Forman whiskey ambassador Cat Platz
Mine were all sports related. I actually had a poster of Duke’s basketball team up on my wall … people around here might kill me for that. J.J. Redick was from my hometown, and he was somebody I looked up to growing up. —Former UofL basketball player Luke Hancock
Besides all the New Kids on the Block posters, I also had a Nelson poster — if anyone even knows who that is anymore. —Pastry chef Shelley Yoder
“Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” — I was a huge ’90s hip-hop fan. —Chef Annie Pettry
If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?
I would give it to my friend and colleague Joe Heron at Copper & Kings (Distillery) for transforming the way he has woven his company into the fabric of our city through hosting and creating dozens of super cool events. —Flavorman’s David Dafoe
(Louisville developer) Bill Weyland, if he does not have one yet. But there are tons of people deserving who live by the following quote, “There is no limit to the amount of good one can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” —Goodwood brewmaster Joel Halbleib
I’d probably give the key to J.K. McKnight. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him for a couple of years now and he’s a super cool dude doing really awesome things in Louisville and beyond. This city wouldn’t be the same without Forecastle and the energy he brings. —Crosley Radio’s Jason Menard
John Waters. —Artist/’80s horror film fan Alexandra Rumsey
Wendell Berry. —Rainbow Blossom’s Summer Auerbach
I’ll give a shout out here to Chris Zaborowski of Westport Whiskey & Wine. He named me in this section when he did “7 Questions,” and I was so very flattered. If he had the key to the city, we’d all buy local, all the time — and we’d always have excellent bourbon while we did our shopping. —LIBA director Jennifer Rubenstein
Have you gotten it yet, Sara Havens? When I moved to Louisville over a decade ago, your Bar Belle columns were one of the only ways I knew to learn about the city. You always had cool ideas about things to do or places to be. That means a lot when you’re alone in a city for the first time. —Roast comedian Mandee McKelvey
Didn’t have to think long about this one … composer/rapper/teacher Jecorey “1200” Arthur. I don’t know anyone who’s out there doing as much work for the children, for the community, for music. He kind of puts us all to shame, if I’m being honest. —Shadwick Wilde of Quiet Hollers
I would give it to the plaintiffs from Louisville in the Supreme Court Marriage Equality Case. These couples stood up and said, “We deserve the same rights as everyone else. Love does not discriminate.” They were brave, tenacious, vulnerable, persistent and strong. We owe them so much. —CenterStage’s John Leffert
(WFPK DJ) Laura Shine. Does she already have a key to the city? She should. I’m a fangirl of hers and love her curated radio playlists. She’s a huge supporter of the arts in Louisville and is great at connecting people. She’s also introduced me to some of my biggest heroes, so I feel like I owe her more than a key to the city. —Musician Brigid Kaelin
I would have given it to the late Julius Friedman. —Artist Meena Khalili
The man who plays saxophone outside the Clifton Kroger. Anyone who strives to make this city a more beautiful place is key and deserves one as well. —Author Sylvia Holden
I’d give the key to Jennifer Lawrence, in hopes that she might want to play the role of Una in a film version of my national bestselling novel “Ahab’s Wife.” —Author Sena Jeter Naslund
Whoever truly invented bourbon! Folklore has many authors. —Author/bourbon aficionado Peggy Noe Stevens
What are your preferred pizza toppings?
Pineapple and pepperoni. Every time. #pizzafruit —Tailspin co-founder Trevor Cravens
When I customize a Margherita pizza at Garage Bar, I always add our housemade pepperoni, garlic confit and fromage blanc. It’s incredible — better than any pizza I’ve eaten anywhere else, including Italy. —Garage Bar’s Lauren Titus
Broccoli and artichokes. —Suspend’s Anne Miller
Canadian bacon and pineapple. And I prefer to go to places that call it “Canadian bacon” and not “ham.” It’s just classier. —Roast comedian Mandee McKelvey
Chicken, pineapple and barbecue sauce have no business on a pizza. I’m game for pretty much anything else as long as I can share it with someone and have a good conversation. —Photographer Mary Yates
Hamburger, onions, garlic and banana pepper. These flavors have been so good to me and are amazing, especially when ingredients are fresh. It’s like having the right mix to create the perfect harmony. I really am speaking about food here, but it’s just that amazing. —Boxer and trainer Ibn Ali
Everything but pineapple … never really understood pineapple on pizza. The thicker the slice, the better! —Author/bourbon aficionado Peggy Noe Stevens
If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
I like 39. I’ve learned enough to have perspective, but I can still chase the dog! —Tailspin co-founder Trevor Cravens
I would be 17 because I miss the pickup games of basketball and all the ridiculous trash talking. —Artist Donté K. Hayes
The older I get, the more fun I have. I think it would be great to fast-forward for a week to an age where I truly do not care what anyone thinks anymore. I’d like to be 90 years old and run around the city causing trouble. Especially if I could get away with it because I remind everyone of their granny. —Burlesque performer Holly Harvest
I would probably go back and be 23 again, because I was playing baseball with the Braves and still having fun with the sport. —Artist Richard Sullivan
As I am now quite creaky at age 62, I would dream of age 35, when I was at my peak for playing soccer (oh, to be able to kick that ball around again in competition, just one more time). —Artist Joe McGee
35 — I felt like I finally had things figured out, and my knees didn’t hurt yet. —“Bourbon Babe” Carla Carlton
I’d like to be 100 years old for a week and then die peacefully in some kind of wildlife attack. Maybe a tiger or a polar bear. —Shadwick Wilde of Quiet Hollers
22 or 23 — some of my most fun times were the year or two after graduating college, when all of our group of friends started getting jobs and apartments, and there was this new sense of freedom and invulnerability. But with The Back Door bar literally at my apartment’s doorstep back then, about a week of that lifestyle today would be about all I could muster. —Bandy Carroll Hellige’s Matt Kamer
What famous person do people say you resemble the most?
I get Natalie Maines quite a bit, but that’s probably just because we’re both short blondes who sing country music. —Musician Heidi Howe
Someone recently said “a handsome Brian Posehn,” which I find redundant. He’s a fine-looking man. —Louisville Improvisor Brian Hinds
Isabella Rossellini. —The Mysterious Rack owner Olivia Griffin
Jennifer Grey — before she got plastic surgery. —Rainbow Blossom’s Summer Auerbach
I’ve gotten Hugh Jackman and Pauly Shore, but I don’t see it. —Commonwealth Tap’s Kenny Andreozzi
Mario Lopez … at least when I was younger. —Chef John Varanese
Chris Pratt when I’m skinny; Philip Seymour Hoffman when I’m not. —Kentucky Opera star Garrett Sorenson
Fred, from “Scooby Doo.” Does he count? We both wear ascots and have a super cool name. —Bourbon expert Fred Minnick
Depends on how many drinks they’ve had … —LVA’s Lindy Casebier
I don’t always look like someone else, but when I do, it’s usually “the world’s most interesting man.” —Old 502 Winery’s Logan Leet
Muhammad Ali. —StoryWood Bowties’ Ali Muhammad
Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?
Season 7 Peggy Olson (of “Mad Men”). —Louisville Improvisor Brian Hinds
Probably Jennifer Lawrence. —Former UofL basketball player Luke Hancock
(Woodford Reserve and Old Forester) master distiller Chris Morris. He’s one of the most interesting people I know — he knows something about everything, so we’d never run out of things to talk about. He may have stash of bourbon with him, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he also knew how to fix the elevator. —Brown-Forman whiskey ambassador Cat Platz
That’s tough. Do I have to just pick one person? Elizabeth I, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cleopatra, Hermione Granger (not Emma Watson, but Hermione), and Mother Teresa. I love strong female influences, and I would love to hear their stories and find strength and motivation in their experiences. —LouVino’s Danielle Greeson-Bramblett
Nobody. I do not want to be stuck in an elevator ever again. It’s happened one too many times! —Kentucky Opera star Elizabeth Batton
Funny question, as I was stuck on an elevator on Thunder day with the mayor and his company, Teddy Abrams and his company, security and a few random hotel guests. My answer would be: an elevator repairman! —Kentucky Derby Festival chairwoman Lisa Stevenson
Itzhak Perlman, if he brought his violin. —Author Sena Jeter Naslund