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.