Favorite

The Inquizator: Steve Barnes talks Fulbright, how to dress well and the strangest political gossip he's ever heard 

click to enlarge thebigpicture1-1.jpg

The Inquizator: Steve Barnes talks Fulbright, how to dress well and the strangest political gossip he's ever heard

Steve Barnes is surely the most familiar face in Arkansas political news. He's been on television in Arkansas since 1968, with stints at KTHV, KATV, KARK and, currently, AETN. He's also developed a career as a freelance print journalist, writing a syndicated column and contributing to the New York Times, Reuters and many other news outlets. Arkansas TV viewers today know him as the host of AETN's "Arkansas Week," a weekly roundtable discussion on the latest in state news and politics. (Arkansas Times staff and contributors are regulars on the show. Barnes gave Times Associate Editor David Ramsey what may've been his first pair of grown-up loafers.) Barnes is a past recipient of the University of Arkansas's journalist of the year award. He gamely answered the summons of the second edition of The Inquizator via email.

What's the worst piece of advice you've ever received?  Sell. Who is your favorite Arkansan — living, dead or fictional — and why?  J. William Fulbright. There were areas of powerful disagreement. From him I learned not so much what to think, but how to think. If money was no object, what would you do with the rest of your life? Anything that could inculcate in children a love of reading.  What's the strangest piece of political gossip you've ever heard?  That I was running for Congress. (If nominated I will flee, if elected I will steal.) Any tips on looking good or communicating effectively on television? Don't effect. When and where did you eat the best meal of your life?  Several years ago; a beachfront rental open to the Caribbean. My wife and I shared a lunch of fresh-baked bread, butter, jam and some sliced ham. Unforgettable. When and where were you happiest?  I'd hope I've not yet been my happiest. Thus far, however, I'd say the birth of my grandchildren. ("Every child arrives with the message that God has not yet despaired of man." – Tagore. Quite the optimist, He.) What would be your own, personal version of hell?  It would be cold, and there would be nothing to read. What was the best piece of advice you ever received?  Don't worry about them. Assume Arkansas needs a new state motto. What should it be? Unus porro, dimidium tergum. What sartorial advice do you have for young men today? Kiwi. What's your most important ritual or routine? First net scan of the day. What's the funniest clean joke you know? Barnes for Congress!

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Conspiracy theorists

    Back in 2000, I interviewed Rev. Jerry Falwell on camera in connection with a documentary film of "The Hunting of the President," which Joe Conason and I wrote.
  • The health of a hospital

    The Medicaid expansion helped Baxter County Regional Medical Center survive and thrive, but a federal repeal bill threatens to imperil it and its patients.
  • Virgil, quick come see

    There goes the Robert E. Lee. But the sentiment that built the monument? It's far from gone.
  • Real reform

    Arkansas voters, once perversely skeptical of complicated ballot issues like constitutional amendments, have become almost comical Pollyannas, ratifying the most shocking laws.
  • That modern mercantile: The bARn

    The bARn Mercantile — "the general store for the not so general," its slogan says — will open in the space formerly occupied by Ten Thousand Villages at 301A President Clinton Ave.

Latest in The Big Picture

Visit Arkansas

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Underutilized waterway is a hidden gem in urban Little Rock

Event Calendar

« »

May

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31  

Most Viewed

  • Abuse again at Arkansas juvenile lockup

    A guard was fired after choking a child at the Alexander Juvenile Assessment and Treatment Center. It’s the latest in a long history of mistreatment at the facility.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation