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Meet Lucille Cortese

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How long have you lived on the First Coast?

Born NJ; moved to Jax 6 months old; moved to Gainesville for 4 years to attend UF; back to Jax; studied in Guadalajara, Mexico 6 months; back to Jax for two years; moved to Panama City for 3 years; moved to Maryland for 5 years; back to Jax since 1977

Where do you live now?

Jacksonville Beach, FL

What was your first job?

Helping at my dad’s produce business

Have you ever met anyone famous?

President Bill Clinton

What are you reading right now?

APEIROGON by Colum McCann; OUR ENDANGERED VALUES by Pres. Jimmy Carter

If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?

Playing concert piano

Who’s someone you really admire?

Pope Francis

Seen any good movies lately that you’d recommend?

THE AFTERMATH—would recommend the book and the movie

Got any favorite quotes?

Lead, Follow or Get out of the Way!

Been pleasantly surprised by anything lately?

Staying in touch with family and friends via Zoom and Facetime

What was your favorite band 10 years ago?

LADY GAGA

What’s your earliest memory?

Daddy rocking me to sleep

Been anywhere recently for the first time?

Are you kidding….been social distancing for 6 months:(

What’s your favorite family tradition?

Big Italian feasts with family

Who had the most influence on you growing up?

My mother

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

Saved up $300 to buy my first car….a green used Valiant

What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?

travel to the Far East

Seen anything lately that made you smile?

My 94-year-old auntie playing with giant Legos

What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited?

Hawaii or Italy….it’s a toss-up!

Have you had your 15 minutes of fame yet?

Been on TV and radio a few times; haven’t gotten the Nobel Prize yet;:)

What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?

Get a good education….it’s the one thing no one can take away from you!

How do you like your eggs?

Fried, boiled, omelette, scrambling, fritata, deviled, any old way, just love eggs

Do you have a favorite charity you wish more people knew about?

St. Joseph’s Indian School in South Dakota

Got any phobias you’d like to break?

fear of getting lost without my GPS

Have you returned anything you’ve purchased recently? Why?

On-line clothes, wrong size

Do you collect anything?

WILLOW TREE figurines

What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

Cheese grits

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