Name: Gwendolyn Blue

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Age: 58

Occupation and title: Owner, Van Houston Financial Service Chairperson, Franklin Democratic Caucus Liaison, The Hayden Group

Spouse’s name: Lionel A. Blue

Children’s names and ages: Arthur Vaughn, 36 and Lateef Vaughn, 33

Church affiliation: Piney Grove Baptist Church, Franklin

What’s the best part of your day?

The morning, discussing political issues with my father in-law William Blue, and my aunt Martha Taylor, giving me words of wisdom each morning.

If you could select another profession, what would you do? I would be a counselor.

Why do you choose to live in Franklin? Living in San Diego for 25 years and Denver 10 years, it was time to return to my foundation.

If you had two weeks’ vacation and money were no object, how would you spend your time? I would fly to New York to see the “Color Purple” with my husband and grandchildren, and take my entire family on a cruise to the Islands.

Favorite food: Lobster.

Favorite weekend destination:

San Diego

Favorite college sports team:

Norfolk State University Spartans

Favorite pro sports team:

Denver Broncos

Favorite color: Purple

What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned, and who taught you?

Through life’s journey, material things don’t bring happiness.

Favorite Bible verse: (Philippians 4-13) I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.

What’s the best decision you’ve made in life? I really have two decisions: One was having two wonderful sons and raising my stepdaughter, Krystal.

Which local charitable or non-profit organization do you wish more people would support?

Boys and Girls Club

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know. I love to sing, however I have a bad voice.

What’s your hobby? Golfing, not that I’m good at it

If you could re-live one day of your life, which would it be and why? Not leaving San Diego to move to Denver. I left a city that I loved.

What gives you the blues? Citizens not active in their community

What’s the most Southern thing you’ve ever done? I put sugar on my grits.

What’s your best childhood memory?

May Day at Camptown Elementary School

Tell us one true thing: I love to travel.

What frightens you most?

Losing my love ones

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why?

San Diego. I love the city and the people.

Who’s your favorite ex-president? Bill Clinton

If you could pass or change one law, what would it be? The legal level for intoxication is .08, I would lower the level to discourage drinking while driving.

Also the driver would lose their license for three years.

What last brought tears to your eyes? My grandchildren returning home to Denver after a month’s stay with me

If you could invite three guests - living or dead, from anytime in history - to dinner, who would they be? My grandparents Mary and Purdy Taylor and Uncle Eugene Smith

What three objects would you take with you to a desert island?

Pepsi, my cell phone and my Bible

What kind of music do you like, and who’s your favorite performer? Jazz, Gospel and R&B.

Luther Vandross

Tell us about a good movie you’ve seen lately and why you liked it? Dreamgirls, I loved the music and costumes.

Who’s a famous athlete or entertainer you admire? Oprah Winfrey

What’s the last book you read?

“Dreams from my Father,” Barack Obama

To whom are you grateful and why? I’m grateful to my mother Carol Taylor for giving me life.