Mike Rowe: Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Do you have any siblings?

I am the oldest of three boys. My brothers live in Florida and South Carolina, and they are both married.

Q: How tall are you?

Six feet exactly, if I stand up straight, which has become increasingly difficult.

Q: Are you married? Dating? Looking?

I've never married, but continue to pursue a life of serial monogamy with a very understanding woman in San Francisco.

Q: On one of the episodes, you mentioned that you went to college for six years. Why six years, and what did you study while there?

My extended stay had more to do with indecision than accomplishment. But while enrolled, I studied English, communications, speech, and music - an approach that has qualified me to do very little.

Q: How long have you been in the entertainment industry?

I've been around the business 17 years.

Q: Do you have any pets?

I love pets, but travel too much to own one. It would be selfish, even for me.

Q: What kind of car do you have now that you are "famous"?

I drive used cars. Never once bought a new one. Currently, a '98 Toyota Solara. It's beat to hell, but a good city car. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate nice things, but hate all depreciating assets - especially cars.

Q: What kind of music do you like? Or books?

Giacoma Puccini, Johnny Hartman, Norman Luboff, Anton Dvorak, The Mill Brothers, Leonard Bernstein, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Billie Holiday, Sly and the Family Stone, Pink Floyd, The Singers Unlimited, Jimi Hendricks and Hank Williams Jr.

To wit, I'm currently rereading the entire Travis McGee series by J.D. MacDonald. Best pulp fiction ever. Just finished Straight Man by Richard Russo - excellent. When I'm finished those, I'll pick up John Irving's latest.

For nonfiction, I like a good biography. Most recently, John Adams by McCullough. In the Heart of the Sea by Philbrick, the true story of the sinking of the whale ship Essex, which inspired Melville to write Moby Dick. And The Professor and the Madman, the true story of how the Oxford/English Dictionary got written and published.

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