Q&A: Karen Lotman

The Haverford music producer and philanthropist tells us her current CD and restaurant picks, plus some phrases that “get under her skin.”

Karen Lotman, 70, Haverford
Founder of the Macula Vision Research Foundation;
owner of Karen Lotman Productions

» Books on her nightstand: Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff. I also started Stephen Sondheim’s Finishing the Hat. But neither one is a quick read.

» CD on repeat: My new album, Beyond Words, which features Mark Nadler and the lyrics of Ira Gershwin, with music by George Gershwin.

» Restaurant of the hour: Georges’ in Wayne.

» Personal hero: My husband, because he helps me to be who I am, and he’s tremendously helpful to the community.

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» One thing she knows for sure: The most important thing is family. And right up there with that is education and giving back to the community.

» Very own vici: Mark Nadler just did a concert at the Mann Center for 5,000 people, and we’ve been working together for years. Having gotten to that point is something I’m very proud of.

» Zen destination: Probably my bedroom. I’m not a beach person or a destination seeker. I just try to find peace and quiet within myself.

» If she had an extra hour each day, she would: Read more.

» Life view: chance or fate? Both. We make our own fate to a certain degree—what we do with it is up to us.

» Pet peeve: I can’t stand phrases like “comfort food,” “Renaissance man,” “Let’s get together for lunch,” and, especially, “Let me pick your brain.”

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» Most marked characteristics: I’m extremely enthusiastic about the things I do, and I have no hesitancy in expressing my views—good or bad. My grandkids always say, “If you want to know where you stand, just ask Grandma.”

» Quality she admires most in others: Honesty.

» Mantra: Try to find or appreciate something good every day.
 

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