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First Person (Gary Blackert)

City: Walnut.

Where did you grow up: Princeton.

Family: Wife, Mary; and three daughters, Jade, Haeli and Zoie.

Pets: Boxer named Shooter.

Occupation: Meat cutter.

What is the last song you listened to: “3 Shades of Black,” Hank III.

What is the last book you read: “One Man’s Wilderness, An Alaskan Odyssey” by Sam Keith from the journals and photographs of Richard Proenneke.

What is the last television show you watched: “Mountain Men.”

If you were stranded on a desert island and could have just one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be: Gyros.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could take only one thing with you, what would it be: My compound bow.

What is your favorite local restaurant: Pizza Cellar.

If someone handed you a million dollars, how would you spend it: I’d buy a lot of land and an off-the-grid house.

People would be surprised to know that you: I listened to punk music and had a 9-inch Mohawk in high school.

What is your favorite thing about the city you live in: I like how small it is.

If you could change one thing about your town, what would it be: We need a grocery store.

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