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Vincent C. Gray

Thursday, January 6, 2005; Page DZ13

Birthplace and date: Washington, D.C.; Nov. 11, 1942.

Marital status: Widowed.

Children: Jonice, 29; Carlos, 28.

College: George Washington University.

Pet: Samurai, a cat.

My most notable characteristic or personality trait: A notorious workaholic who has an incurable passion for puns.

I'd love to trade places for a day with: Denzel Washington. I would love the chance to appear in one movie and to get a real feel for the rigor and vigor required to be an actor.

Favorite quote: "Let each become all that he was created capable of being." -- Thomas Carlyle.

Best book I've ever read: "The Firm" by John Grisham and "Manchild in the Promised Land" by Claude Brown.

Car I drive: Honda Accord.

Politician I most admire: Hubert Humphrey.

Favorite president: Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Person in history I would most want to meet: Harriet Tubman.

Most important influence in my life: My parents.

Pet peeve: We fight for democracy everywhere but our own nation's capital.

Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: Too serious.

Impression people have of the District that I would most like to change: An ineffectively operated city that is supported completely or in substantial part by federal taxes.

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