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ID: George E. Lenker Jr.

  • George Lenker, ID, with his 7-year-old cairn terrier, TJ. KEVIN GUTTING
  • George Lenker, ID, with his 7-year-old cairn terrier, TJ. KEVIN GUTTING
  • George Lenker, ID, with his 7-year-old cairn terrier, TJ. KEVIN GUTTING

George Lenker is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in publications across the United States and Europe, most notably in The New York Times. He’s also a musician who is involved with animal rescue: He recently released an album of songs, “If Dogs Could Sing,” written from dogs’ points of view. Half the profits from the album will go to help shelter dogs.

Full name: George E. Lenker Jr.

People know you as: Geo

Date and place of birth: May 6, 1958, Chicopee

Address: The mean streets of Northampton

Jobs: Rogue journalist living by his wits. Raconteur

Who lives under the same roof as you? TJ, my dog, and a host of characters in my head

Children: Are lovely and wonderful members of other people’s households

Education: Ongoing, at the School of Relatively Soft But Annoying Knocks

Pets: I count TJ as my best friend, so I’ll say no

Hobbies: Facebook. Thinking. Drawing. Writing and recording music. Soothsaying

Book you’d recommend to a friend: “Consider the Lobster” by David Foster Wallace

Favorite movie/television show/musical group: “Wings of Desire” / “Wilfred” / The Beatles

Five items you can’t live without: iPad, iPhone, American Heritage Dictionary, Garner’s Modern American Usage, guitar

Last thing you purchased just for fun: A political strategy game app for iPad

What’s at the top of your bucket list? I don’t have one, but I’d like to move to Ireland

Life-changing experience: Rescuing my dog, TJ, or going to Ireland for the first time

Strangest job you ever held: Writer/reporter. I doubt a stranger job exists

Current Facebook status: “I had a date with the Handmaiden of Destiny, but she stood me up”

A little-known fact about you: I can print totally legibly backward with my left hand as fast as most people can print forward

Dumbest thing you ever did: Ignore my better angels

One trend you’d like to see return: Grammar, or maybe etiquette. Let’s say, “The polite use of proper grammar”

What really sets you off? People who hurt the innocent or helpless. I’m looking at you, Michael Vick

If you could spend the day with a celebrity from any time in history, who would it be? David Foster Wallace, even though he was a contemporary, or Soren Kierkegaard — just because they were so brilliant

Best advice you ever got: “Be that self which one truly is” — Soren Kierkegaard

Favorite place to get a bite: Joe’s or Sierra Grille

Favorite athlete: Galway Tribesman in Irish hurling. Hurling is the greatest sport, even better than U.S. football

What does your ideal weekend look like? Blurry, furry, green-gray and with a creamy zen center

One thing you would change about yourself: The fact that it’s so hard for me to change sometimes

What gives you the creeps? Honey, because it’s bee vomit. You can look it up

People who knew you in high school thought you were: High, but I actually never was. Seriously

Whom do you most admire? People who make sacrifices or put themselves in harm’s way or go above and beyond the call of duty for others, and make the world a better place: first responders, Armed Forces people, teachers, volunteers, parents

Parting shot: If everyone would take a little more blame, there would be less of it to go around

Editor’s Note - To suggest someone for ID, email Keri-Ann Aubin at kaubin@gazettenet.com.

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