Off The Air With Jeff Lawson

For eighteen years, Jeff Lawson has brought you WLOX News at 6:00pm and 10:00pm. Now it's time for you to know more from him. We pulled Jeff aside for a little one-on-one in an Off The Air Interview.

Do you have any pets?
JL: Yes, her name is Bailey. She's a golden retriever. She was here at the station as Pet of the Week several years ago. I was walking through the Green Room, saw her, and called my wife. She came down and met her and that was that.

How does Bailey make you laugh?
JL: She's scared to death of thunder. She cuddles up against you, puts her head against you. As my wife said, at some point Bailey actually shares the pillow with her. I've had her actually sleep on my head.

What is your childhood nickname?
JL: Bird. Because I ate like a bird and still don't eat very much.

What do you eat?
JL: Chicken or beef. It's what I don't eat. If you name eight things I probably don't eat eight of them. Don't eat hamburgers, never eaten one. I do eat hot dogs, but I don't eat the ends.

What is this thing about you and S'mores?
JL: I didn't know what a s'more was. And I said it on the air and people were like, "Are you kidding me?" I've heard the term "s'more" since then and I realize I probably have heard the term many times, but it never connected.

Do you cook?
JL: I do not. Alice does all the cooking, all the cleaning, all the washing. I, after many years of marriage, have touched the washing machine once or twice.

Tell me about your worst cooking disaster?
JL: These ladies I knew when I worked in radio told me I could buy those precooked hams. And I loved hams, and they said you know, you could eat those. So I went to the store and bought a ham, and I thought they were all pre-cooked. So for a couple of days, I'm slicing it and eating it. And someone came over and said, "What are you doing with that?" I said, "I'm eating it." They said,"It's not cooked, you can't eat that!"

What's your favorite local restaurant?
JL: Well, we go to the casino buffets a lot because it's a lot of food and it's reasonably priced. Gumbo and beef or whatever. I guess my favorite really nice restaurant is Vrazel's.

Do you watch reality TV shows?
JL: Not the first go around, but I did watch the second go around of the "Bachelor."

What did you think of the Bachelor?
JL: I thought it was interesting. I didn't watch the third one. I thought the guy in the second one seemed very sincere. The guy in the third one didn't seem very real to me.

What kind of music do you listen to?
JL: Mostly contemporary type music. Or 70's or 80's music.

Brad Kessie wants to know how much money you have made off of your WLOX colleagues on your golf games?
JL: Hundreds of dollars over the years. And I do keep track of it by the way.

Why do you keep lists for everything you do?
JL: I don't know. It's just something I do. I keep lists for things to do, things I need do. So maybe the answer to that is because hopefully you won't forget to do something. So I keep a list of things I need to do, and I'm sure Brad finds it odd that sometimes I keep a list of my golf shots. On every hole, I jot down you know good drive/bad drive, good putt/bad putt and I keep some of those.

Who's the easiest WLOXer to beat at golf?
JL: The easiest to beat is Mr. Doug Walker.

What was the last movie you saw?
JL: It was a movie that was a true story about the guy who was a con man, Catch Me If You Can .

Do you do a lot of reading?
JL: I don't do that much reading. I mean I read the newspaper. My diversion is reading not news related things, but reading sports related things. So I subscribe to Sports Illustrated magazine, and I subscribe to several golf magazines.

What's the most daring thing you have done lately?
JL:   The last time I was in Bermuda I guess was my most daring adventure.  In Bermuda you can get around one of three ways: a taxi -which is expensive, the bus - which is very efficient, or you can rent scooters. I had always heard about that so I gave scooters a try.

How did it go?
JL: I went around the corner and I thought, "Well, I'm going to get off this main road and I'll go up a side road and kinda get myself familiar with it." And I turned it - and I wasn't used to turning it - and I almost drove into the wall. I forgot the brakes are on the handle bar.

Would you ever skydive?
JL: I almost did one time. I went up to take lessons and my girlfriend at the time pleaded with me not to do it. So I didn't do it.

Do you have a favorite comedian?
JL: I do. Don Rickles. People either love him or hate him.

What's your dream job?
JL: Professional Golfer or Pro Baseball player.

What's your biggest pet peeve?
JL: Inconsiderate people. I don't like people who treat people badly just because they can get away with it.

What's the best compliment anyone has paid you?
JL: At my last job, there was a tape editor/janitor and on my last day he came up to me and hugged me and said, "I was cleaning toilets and you treated me the same way as everyone else. Thank You."

Doug Walker wants to know how you become such an incredible cheapo?
JL: For 17 years, I've kept track of every dollar my wife and I spent. I like to know where my money is going.

Very interesting. Well, that's all the questions I have. Thanks for taking the time for Off the Air.
JL: No problem. Thank you.

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