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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.

_____D.C. Council, In Private_____
What do city officials do, and where do they go, when they're not on duty? Their answers can be surprising.
Anthony A. Williams, Mayor
Linda W. Cropp, Council Chair
Jack Evans, Ward 2
Carol Schwartz, At-Large
David A. Catania, At-Large
Phil Mendelson, At-Large
Kwame R. Brown, At-Large
Jim Graham, Ward 1
Kathy Patterson, Ward 3
Adrian M. Fenty, Ward 4
Vincent B. Orange Sr., Ward 5
Sharon Ambrose, Ward 6
Vincent C. Gray, Ward 7
Marion Barry, Ward 8

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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