She loves her Star Trek garden, has flowers with crazy names and had a unicorn on her wedding cake! Read more to learn about the lovely life of Lindystar!
Lindy at the Dr. Who Museum
Q: What is your first name?
A: Lindalee. The priest refused to baptize me Linda Lee because there is no saint named Lee.
Q: What is your Answers.com username?
A: LindyStar. Most of my friends call me Lindy. And I love science fiction.
Q: What can you tell us about your family?
A: Everyone in our family starts with L. My husband is Larry, daughter Lorelei and her cats Lannister and Lear.
Q: Tell us about your cats!
A: Lear looks like a Seal Point Siamese. He has ADD and juggles knives. Lannister is his litter mate and looks like a Birman with white mittens and is very fluffy.
Q: What about your education; where did you attend school?
A: Bachelors from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Masters in Education from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Masters in Library Science from Rosary College now called Dominican University.
Q: What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: When I went into my high school library on the second day of school, the clerk typist said, “You’re smart, You can be the librarian.” My school district is over 100 square miles and we did not have a professional librarian. And everyone knew everyone in the county.
Q: So, what is your occupation, and what do you find most meaningful about your job?
A: I am a retired librarian, storyteller and computer teacher. I love reading and stories. I also like computers.
Q: Where are you from, where did you grow up?
A: I was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. When I was a young child, Sputnik IV crash landed on 8th street in Manitowoc. I moved to Mishicot, Wisconsin which has about 1400 people.
Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: I wrote a pamphlet for Paramount on Star Trek young adult novels. I am also proud of my Star Trek garden with 21 Star Trek daylilies, 2 Star Trek iris, and 10
Lindy at the Irish Botanical Gardens
Star Trek hosta. So I have Spock’s Ears daylily, Klingon Princess iris. and Captain Kirk hosta.
Q: Who or what has been or is your inspiration in life?
A: My husband is my inspiration.
Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I love flowers with crazy names such as A Moose Fishing On A Pond On Monday; I Have Issues; A Tick Kissing A Moose on a Wednesday and Rama Lama Ding Dong.
Q: Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by?
Q: What are your passions in life?
A: I am most passionate about my husband but after him, it would be my garden. I especially love my daylilies.
Q: Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share?
A: Last year my husband and I spent a month in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We were in Ireland and Scotland in 2007 for 2 weeks. We honeymooned in Australia in 1985. Most of our trips have been scheduled around going to the World Science Fiction Convention which is in a different city every year. But these days we are more into touring gardens.
Lindy at the Giants Causeway
Q: Is there any place you’d love to visit, but haven’t yet?
A: A dream trip would be to New Zealand on a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit tour.
Q: Is there a place that’s special to you and why?
A: A special place would be Egg Clectic which is our favorite breakfast place. The servers all know us and bring our raspberry ice tea as soon as they see us come in the door. They save their coffee grounds and egg shells for my garden.
Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A: Special interests include my water aerobics class, gardening, butterfly monitoring, and crocheting. We have a lot of science fiction art and very special one of a kind knick knacks. Our Christmas tree is all unicorn ornaments. I made Larry a unicorn quilt in 1984. We had a glass blower make us a wedding cake topper with a unicorn. And we commissioned a unicorn, tiger and daffodil wood bed.
Lindy with Hugh O’Donnell
Q: What about special talents? Anything you are especially good at?
A: My special talent is storytelling. I love Irish legends and often tell them to children or church groups.
Q: If you had three wishes to come true, what would they be?
A: Three wishes, basically if we could have world peace, who needs any more wishes.
Q: What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
A: The most daring and crazy thing I have ever done is to answer a personal ad. My husband put an ad for “Looking for a lady to help me find the last unicorn” in a magazine in 1983. A friend of a friend saw the ad in Madison and knew I wore a pair of unicorn earrings. So both of them forced me to write a response. My now husband replied with a unicorn bookmark and a computer graphic of a unicorn that he drew on his Atari computer. We corresponded for a while and finally had our first date at what is now Bristol Faire. And that year they did have a unicorn (yes it was a surgically altered goat.) We loved the costumes and the jousting. By January 1984, I moved in with him and we have been together ever since.
Q: Are you a glass half full or half empty kind of gal?
A: My glass is half full, I am an optimist.
Q: What is your favorite kind of music and do you have a favorite song?
A: I like old fashioned rock n roll. Beatles, or Dan Fogelberg. I think the song Longer by Fogelberg says how I feel about Larry.
What are some of your other favorites:
Television. Well I am in mourning over Stephen Colbert’s Colbert Report. But my husband teases me about all the autopsy shows I watch like Bones, Forever, Castle, etc. And my Saturday morning garden shows like Midwest Gardening, Garden Smart and P. Allen Smith.
Movie. I love animation so all the Despicable Me / Minion movies make me laugh.
Poet. My favorite poet is Ogden Nash. But when I am serious, I love the poem Abou Ben Adam. It has great philosophy.
Book. How dare you limit me to just one! We have over 5000 books and about 2500 are autographed. My husband got me Marion Zimmer Bradley‘s Mists of Avalon and that was the first time he wrote I love you.
Subject in School. I love history and social studies. I graduated second in my class because a friend of mine could get 100 or 99 percent in Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus. I was only one tenth of a point behind her in my overall average.
Foods. My favorite is spareribs and sauerkraut.
Q: How did you discover Answers?
A: I discovered Answers accidentally in 2009 but really didn’t do much because I was answering at Yahoo Answers. But I hated seeing all the people posting
Lindy, At a Castle in Wales
illegal copies of books and movies. I think Answers is better because they care about the right answer and not the most popular answer.
Q: What do you enjoy doing on Answers most?
A: I like editing the best and I always try to answer a question when I remove a stupid or mean answer that someone posted. I think if you have a hobby, answering questions about that hobby on Answers is a fun thing to do, especially gardening because I can’t garden in winter. I have been searching questions on my favorite flowers and answering old questions or editing poor responses.
Q: And last, but certainly not least, tell us about one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?
A: I was born November 9, 1952. I don’t mind saying my age because my father told me that on my birthday I could get one kiss per year from whoever I asked. So it gets better every year.