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Twenty Questions to a Usual Suspect - KenE


By BrianC
June 23 2003

Ken was one of the first MTF entries (when he was the LISC membership secretary.)

Being of a certain age, he's naturally done most things before other people, and here, he's also the first to bring his story up to date (well it is if you're reading this in 2009.)

Meet the family

Twenty questions to a 'Usual Suspect'

Ken E, Pete Sake and others!


First, his original answers ...

Real Name Ken Emerson (but then what's real? Pete Sake can be pretty real, you know!)
Location Walton on Thames
Occupation Senior IT Executive
Favourite:

Movie(s) Don't have time to watch movies (do you mean films? - but hey! I don't watch them either)
TV Programme(s) Only watch Rugby, or use it as wallpaper when I'm doing the ironing.
Book(s) "The Gibson Super 400" by T.A.Van Hose
"Building the Happiness-Centred Business" Dr. Paddi Lund (Woodentop's motivational guru)
Music Once a rocker, always a rocker - oh and skiffle, trad jazz, country, jazz guitar, Elgar, Paganini and opera. But then the greatest song ever written is American Pie (and I know where I was on 3rd Feb 1959).
Radio Station(s) Five Live, 1035 Mean Country
Food(s) Yes, often. Italian, French, English, definitely not Indian!
Drinks(s) Rarely and then only in moderation. Had my first ever Guinness at Stanstead at 10:30am on my way to Dublin last year. Drinking as much as I can now to catch up - not so much to overcome a wasted yoof as a wasted middle age! And real ale, good wines..
Place(s) to visit Grand Canyon
How long supporting LI? Could have been seen on the bank at Sunbury in the early nineties and at all the big games since.
Best ever LI game (Excluding 2002 cup final) Brizzle, this year, What a result! And anyway, at my age the memory is going .....
Favourite LI experience off pitch (Excluding 2002 cup final) Difficult - Toulouse was great, but so was my first ever trip to Ireland on the pre-season tour to Dublin last year.
How did you start supporting LI? It was my local club. I sometimes think that every time it realises I'm a supporter, it moves further away - pah! Why else Sunbury to the Stoop to Reading?
What are your non-rugby pastimes? Collecting vintage/old/new - OK, any! guitars - hence my choice of books. I now have 15 (as at 6th June) - likely to be more before the start of next season. I love posing in my 1960 MGA and am rebuilding my rare V8 engined MGBGT.
Any Irish connection? No. But one of my three brothers is now married to a charming, wonderful Irish lady. Does that count?
Most likely to say? "I don't believe it"
Least likely to say? "Turn the music up" I really didn't want to have a conversation - (In my day 8 watts was too much).
"I'd like to trade one of my guitars for that"
Tell us something about you we don't know. I really was your age once.


And now, in 2009, 6 years later ...


Real Name Ken Emerson (well some things don't change)
but then I have a number of aliases for message board purposes!
Location Walton on Thames
Occupation Retired
Favourite:

Movie(s) Don't have time to watch movies (do you mean films? - but hey! I don't watch them either)
TV Programme(s) Only watch Rugby, or use it as wallpaper when I'm doing the ironing.
But now I try to do the ironing when Top Gear, Scrapheap Challenge, The Likely Lads, etc, etc is on ...
Book(s) I’ve realised late in life that there is a world out there - so I am spending as much time as I can reading modern history - Mao by Jon Halliday and Jung Chang (better known for “Wild Swans”), Andrew Marr’s “History of Modern Britain”, but for practical reasons “Cooking for Blokes” and “Grumpy old Men” because I have an image to maintain!
Music Once a rocker, always a rocker - oh and skiffle, trad jazz, country, jazz guitar, Elgar, Paganini and opera. But then the greatest song ever written is American Pie (and I know where I was on 3rd Feb 1959).
But I love great guitar playing - and I have a wide collection of records from Chet Atkins through Hank Marvin, Django, Santana, to Eric Clapton. To be able to play like those guys is awesome and is something to which I can only aspire.
Radio Station(s) Radio 4!
Food(s) Yes, often. Italian, French, English, definitely not Indian!
Drinks(s) Rarely and then only in moderation. Had my first ever Guinness at Stanstead at 10:30am on my way to Dublin in 2002. Drinking as much as I can now to catch up - not so much to overcome a wasted yoof as a wasted middle age! And real ale, good wines..
Place(s) to visit Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Grand Canyon, Sunbury!
I am fascinated by the far east.
How long supporting LI? Could have been seen on the bank at Sunbury in the early nineties and at all the big games since.
Best ever LI game (Excluding 2002 cup final) Quins, Semi playoff 2008/9. Every game at Quins is emotionally difficult for me but that was simply brilliant. But then the GP game there when we were dead and buried at half time to come back to win runs it a close second. And the game at HQ when we decided that Tigers needed the title more than we did was awesome, too. I’m glad we let them win - if we hadn’t - how could 2009/10 be better than 2008/9?
Favourite LI experience off pitch (Excluding 2002 cup final) Difficult - but Toulouse in 2002/3 probably wins - chatting to Spud Murphy on Sunday who was on an early morning stroll around the town proves what a great club this is. But - hey - who can discount that trip to Dublin when a friendly local let PaddyG take his place in the queue for beers at half time - only to find that Paddy G was ordering 94 pints of Guinness?
How did you start supporting LI? It was my local club. I sometimes think that every time it realises I'm a supporter, it moves further away - pah! Why else Sunbury to the Stoop to Reading?
What are your non-rugby pastimes? Collecting vintage/old/new - OK, any! guitars.
I play a bit (often with Eek but his (?) reputation is such that we cannot get a gig within 100 miles of Reading!)
I’ve been selling some of my collection over the past two years and now have to manage with a mere 35 or so guitars. Its hard! And I have most of the amps and PA systems to go with the collection. But now I am desperately learning to play the guitar in other ways than the fifty years I have been playing and loving rock and roll. Yet another lease of life.
Any Irish connection? No. But one of my three brothers is now married to a charming, wonderful Irish lady. Does that count?
And after many years of supporting LI, some of my best mates are Irish!
Most likely to say? "I don't believe it"
Least likely to say? "Turn the music up" I really didn't want to have a conversation - (In my day - did I really have one? - 8 watts was too much).
"I'd like to trade one of my guitars for that"
Tell us something about you we don't know. I really was your age once.

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