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Q&A: Steve Frank

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Steve FrankSteve Frank, 59, Penn Wynne
Chief interpretive officer (staff historian) at the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia

» Books on his nightstand: Noah Feldman’s Scorpions, about FDR’s Supreme Court, and Daniel Okrent’s Last Call, which is a history of prohibition. We’ve got an exhibition coming up on prohibition, so it’s definitely work related. I’m also working on Just Kids by Patti Smith.

» iPod artist on repeat: I don’t have an iPod, but I do have a song bookmarked on YouTube that is a tonic from time to time. It’s a version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole.

» Restaurant of the hour: Tiffin in Wynnewood is great.

» Personal heroes: We just did a terrific exhibition on soldiers, and Sal Giunta, the recent Medal of Honor recipient, is a hero of mine for his bravery and humility. Abraham Lincoln has always been a hero, too. He was our greatest and most eloquent leader.

» One thing he knows for sure: Every dog has its day, so stay hopeful.

» Very own vici: My two young-adult children. They’re just terrific kids, and I’m very proud of them.

» Zen destination: There’s a diner just over City Line Avenue, the Greenleaf Restaurant. It’s very comforting, and we go for breakfast on the weekends.

» If he had an extra hour each day, he would: Spend it with my wife.

» Life view: chance or fate? There’s a line in one of Shakespeare’s plays that says, “There’s a rough justice that shapes our end.” I believe it’s a combination of the two.

» Pet peeve: People who don’t know what they don’t know.

» Most marked characteristic: Stick-to-it-iveness.

» Qualities he admires most in others: Honesty and kindness—attributes I see in my kids.

» Mantra: Do the right thing.
 

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