Welcome to 300 The Fenway's first installment of "Know Your Professor." Here's your opportunity to get to know Simmons' professors on a more personal level. You'll get the inside scoop on their favorite books, music, hidden talents, and more!
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Abraham Lincoln. He was a friend of my great great grandfather. I have a newspaper account of game of pool played by Lincoln and grandfather. Abe was tall and thin, while grampa was short and fat. Together they resembled a cue stick and ball. The reporter thought it was extremely funny.
What's your favorite band/musical artist?
The Bill Evans Trio
Fill in the blank: When I was in college, I__________
Studied hard and also played music. I played in numerous jazz ensembles, sang in the Amherst College Double Quartet, played bluegrass bass in the Turkey Creek Valley Boys, and was the lead guitarist in Tambourine Charlie and the Four Flat Tires.
What's your favorite website or social network?
I enjoy seeing what my friends are up to on Facebook.
What is your favorite restaurant in Boston?
I have two: Sol Azteca, right up the street from Simmons, and the No-Name Restaurant on Boston's Fish Pier.
If you could travel to anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
China because China is the country of the future.
When I'm not teaching, I'm__________
Playing music -- jazz piano, bass (in the COF Jazz Band and Orchestra), Tuba in the Brookline Community Band, and ukulele! I also enjoy reading, and relaxing with our family at Camp Content in Gray, Maine.
Do you have a hidden talent?
Dramatic readings of bedtime stories to our grandchildren.
"The reason I keep hitting myself on the head with this hammer is that it feels so good when I stop." - Anon.