Each week The Advocate asks a different “quiz taker” for his or her current favorites in pop culture.
QUIZ TAKER: Pat R. Van Burkleo, 53, president/chief professional officer, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: “I am an NPR (WRKF, 89.3 FM) junkie. It’s the only thing I listen to in the car. My favorite radio show is ‘This American Life.’ I have the app on my phone that I use in case I miss it live.”
WHAT I’M READING: “I just finished ‘Calico Joe’ by John Grisham. I thought reading a baseball book during LSU’s ‘Road to Omaha’ was appropriate. Van Mayhall and I just served on the CEO search committee for the Capital Area United Way. So I decided to read his ‘Judas the Apostle.’ I really enjoyed the story’s setting in Baton Rouge. Every morning I read The Advocate. I also read the Business Report’s AM and PM Daily Report online.”
WHAT I’M WATCHING: “Tons of college baseball. My favorite shows are ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Happy Endings.’ My wife and I enjoy going to the movies and have recently seen ‘The Internship,’ ‘Great Gatsby’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness.’”
WHERE I’M SURFING (ON THE INTERNET): “Since preventing summer learning loss is a priority for the club’s Summer Enrichment Program, I have been visiting educational websites that discuss strategies and programs that help prevent summer learning loss. We are in the process of redesigning the Boys & Girls Club’s website, http://www.BeGreatBatonRouge.org. I’m always referring to it to make sure that the new website has all the right information.”
WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? “I started quilting last summer. My mother is a retired home economics teacher, and all my siblings learned to sew. Last summer, it started out that I was going to make one quilt. I then got hooked on the modern quilt movement that is happening right now. I have sewn 20 quilts in one year and have a list of ideas for other quilts.”
What are your favorite summer activities?
“My favorite summer activity is going to my family’s ranch outside of Fort Worth with my wife and two children. It’s really the only summer vacation that I take with my family. It is so relaxing and fun just to be with the family. This summer, we tried to shoot wild pigs that have infiltrated the ranch. Let’s just say the pigs are still there.”
Advocate staff writer