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FRONTLINE: Dossier With Attorney Frank DeSimone

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Frank DeSimone, High-powered Main Line Attorney

Book on his night stand: Any history biography. I just finished Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, about Abraham Lincoln. I love fiction, but I don’t read fiction.

Favorite CD in his car: Classical music. I’ve got a lot of favorites so it’s hard to tell you one, but I can listen to almost any opera or aria—especially something like Rigoletto or Puccini.

Restaurant of the hour: Well, my wife picks them and I just follow her around. But if I have to pick, I’d say Teresa’s in Wayne.

Personal hero: It used to be Winston Churchill, but times have changed and I guess I’ve evolved into [Abraham] Lincoln. I like what I read in the book: He stood up for causes that were unpopular, but they were always the right moral decisions.

One thing he knows for sure: That I make my mistakes.

Very own vici: My two boys and my wife.

Zen destination: Italy. I’d be visiting Puccini’s birthplace in Lucca, Tuscany.

If he had an extra hour each day, he would: Read.

Pet peeve: Not having enough time for myself to do the things I like to do.

Life view: chance or fate? Someone that I hadn’t seen in a while told me once, when I said I was a lawyer, that he remembered me saying I wanted to be one when I was 15. I don’t know—is that chance or fate?

Most marked characteristic: Loyalty.

Quality he most admires in others: I like in a sense of humor and genuine caring for others; I also admire sincerity and honesty.

Personal mantra: Integrity.

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