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Dick Hermans

Q: What do you do at KZE?
A:  I host a folk/bluegrass/mostly acoustic show on Saturday mornings 8-10 called New Harmony.

Q: What do you do when you’re not working at KZE?
A: I co-own Oblong Books & Music with my daughter Suzanna. I am chairman of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association and I chair the Democratic Committee in the Town of Pine Plains.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
A:  Butter pecan

Q: Do you have any pets?
A:  We lost our favorite cat last year at a ripe old age and are petless at the moment.

Q: What’s the most useless talent you have?
A: Whistling

Q: When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
A: Tequila

Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? OR Can you share one quote or saying you love, that keeps you going in life?
A: My Dad impressed upon me that the most important thing in any endeavor is showing up. I lived in Tucson after college and had a memorable meeting in a living room with a few activists one of whom was Ceasar Chavez. I had a short one on one with him and he told me I needed to know my community before I could represent that community. That influenced my decision to move back to northern Dutchess many years ago.

Q: If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
A: Someone who knew how to play guitar. Not being disciplined enough to learn to play is something I regret.

Q: What’s the closest thing to real magic?
A: Music, obviously

Q: Have you ever collected stickers that are on fruits?
A:  We used to carry a line of postcards at the store that were wonderful illustrations from old fruit boxes. I sold them, but didn’t collect them.

Q: A penguin in a sombrero walks through the doorway and starts talking. What does it say?
A: Chilled, amigo.