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Phil Mendelson

Thursday, January 6, 2005; Page DZ14

Birthplace and date: Cleveland; Nov. 8, 1952.

Marital status: Married.

Pet peeve: weak coffee.

Children: Adelaide, 4.

College: American University.

My most notable characteristic or personality trait: Work too much.

I'd love to trade places for a day with: A post office manager.

Nobody knows I: Like to cook, especially breakfast.

Best movie I've ever seen: "Take the Money and Run."

Best book I've ever read: "Stillness at Appomattox" by Bruce Catton.

Favorite TV show of all time: "The Fugitive."

Car I drive: 1998 Mercury Mystique.

Best car I've ever had: 1974 Honda Civic -- which would fit easily in council member Fenty's SUV.

Favorite president: Abraham Lincoln.

Person in history I would most want to meet: Thomas Jefferson.

Favorite place to vacation: Cacapon Resort State Park in Berkeley Springs, W. Va.

Most interesting place I ever visited: Grand Canyon.

Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: That I don't have a sense of humor.

Impression people have of the District that I would most like to change: That the District has home rule.

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