What motivates you?
I am trying to bring about peaceful change. This is a great country, this is how we do things here … we switched from [President George] Bush to [President-elect Barack] Obama without firing a shot.
You’ve got a reputation as a lot of things — how would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as a thoughtful people-lover. Here in Montgomery County, two-thirds of the adults have graduated from college. I figure, I’ve got a Ph.D. in Montgomery County government just by talking to these people.
You’re a frequent critic of people in power. Anybody ever get it right?
In Montgomery County politics? Idamae Garrott [a councilwoman and state legislator in the 1970s and ’80s] seemed to have the citizens’ view at heart. She was immune from the beckonings of special interest.
How did you achieve legendary Washington NBA fan status?
I always kept it clean, never swore, never drank alcohol or made racial or sexual comments. I was well-read about the players, I knew their psychological pressure points.
And your relationship with Charles Barkley?
He wouldn’t eat vegetables, so I would bring veggies to games and hand them out to his teammates. We had a lot of fun. A couple of his teammates went out with broccoli and cauliflower under their jerseys a few times. He flew me out to Phoenix for NBA finals to heckle the [Chicago] Bulls in the NBA Finals.