Robin Welch — Editor

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ME IN MY OWN WORDS: A mess!

A RANDOM FACT OR TWO: I'm unable to say the word documentary and I still call my iPod a Walkman

ONE THING I WANT TO DO IN MY LIFE: Be kind

SECOND PRETTIEST STATE IN THE UNION: The whole of Florida and Estes Park

PLACE I'D MOST LOVE TO TRAVEL: Scotland, Ireland, and the west coast of Africa; the wine fields of Spain; southern France on a bicycle; Prince Edward Island and the Bay of Fundy; Big Sur

MY HOMETOWN: James Island

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, I'D: Help animals in cages and hire a mariachi band to play for me every Saturday night

PERSON I'D MOST LOVE TO HAVE KNOWN: Henry Thoreau

WHAT I LOVE: Otis Redding on a record player; clover; the sun on my shoulders

"So What Would You Say You Do Here?"

WHAT I DO AT SCIWAY: I help our advertisers, and I also edit our pages and dream up ways to make SCIWAY better.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT SCIWAY: My coworkers, Kerri and Tara, and the chance we have to document our state's history/culture and create resources that will endure through time

IF MY BOSS GAVE ME THE AFTERNOON OFF, I'D: Visit the ocean with my niece Koko

Why Being a Sandlapper Makes Me Smile:

A SOUTH CAROLINA SMELL I LOVE: Pluff mud, salt air, and honeysuckle

PLACE IN SOUTH CAROLINA I MOST WANT TO GO: Changes daily!

PLACE IN SC I MOST WANT TO PROTECT: Johns Island

FAVORITE SPOT IN SOUTH CAROLINA: Morris Island

FAVORITE SC SMALL TOWN: Edisto, hands down

FAVORITE SC PLANT: Peach and pecan trees

FAVORITE SC ANIMAL: Pelicans

FAVORITE SC CELBRITY: Julia Peterkin and James Brown

MY SC "CLAIM TO FAME": My fourth-great grandfather, Thomas Cooper, was the first president of USC, and the library there is named for him. Another ancestor, Pierre Robert, came to South Carolina in 1696 and served as the first Huguenot minister in our state. He led the congregation at St James Santee, and the pulpit there is inscribed with his name. I am also a descendant of Landgrave Thomas Smith, who I think is someone famous. Ah, the governor! (Confession: I just looked him up.) But the "claim to fame" of which I am proudest is that my great-grandmother, Harriott Holmes Jerdone, defeated the state historian in a South Carolina history contest to win her first icebox. Granny was a teacher at one of the black elementary schools in Charleston, and I am proud that she taught there during the 1920s, and I am proud that she was so smart!

ONE THING I MISS: Watermelons with seeds. Also, until I went to college, there was no such thing as sweet tea. There was only "hot tea" or "ice tea," and no one would have thought of drinking tea without sugar! So I miss not having to specify which I prefer. Finally, I miss forests and open spaces terribly.

A Few of My Favorite Things ...

3 THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY: My sisters – Wendy, Julia, and Jenny

SEVERAL THINGS I ADORE: Open windows, front porches, screen doors, horses, and hydrangeas

MY DREAM CAR: Ford pick-up, 1970s

A SOUND I LOVE: Rain

FAVORITE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION: My feet – bicycles are a close second

FAVORITE SOUTHERN FOOD: Grits and watermelon, in no particular order

MY TRUE LOVE: Henry Louisa – "Buggy" – see picture at right


                       
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