Q&A: Steve Frank

The staff historian of Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center shares the one thing he knows for sure and more.

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.

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» 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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