The Interview: Jim Coleman


You’ve probably read his column – The View From The Loft – each month in The Paper. Now, you get to meet Jim Coleman up close and personal in December’s The Interview.

Briefly describe yourself and what you do/did.
I’m twice retired as a stock broker and then flight attendant. I’m now the office manager at Priority Jet, a private jet charter company. I’m a musician and I spent 40 years in the theatre, historic preservation and arts administration.

Best piece of business advice you’ve received.
If the boss arrives at 8:00, be there at 7:30.

If I had it to do over …
Remain thin.

You are going on an extended solo trip. What three albums and three books would you take?
Best of Mozart. Les Miserables soundtrack. Billy Joel’s greatest hits. Federalist Papers. The Bible.  Everything Lewis Grizzard ever wrote.

Tell us one thing about yourself that few people know.
I have a tribal tattoo.

You are hosting a dinner party for six. What five people, living or dead, would you invite and why?
The two classiest women alive; Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith. Queen Elizabeth II because she has seen a century unfold in her presence. And I could never have those three over without including my late mother and grandmother.

Name an as yet unfulfilled dream.
I don’t have a pilot’s license.

If you weren’t doing what you are, you would be …
In the paper for other reasons.

Your go-to food.
Anything on the Newnan Square.

Favorite movies(s).
Under the Tuscan Sun.  Schindler’s List.  Room with a View.  Out of Africa. The Birdcage.

Dogs or cats?

Your favorite quote and why?
Whenever someone’s reaction is not proportionate to the stimulus, it’s ALWAYS about them. 

Name something that you are extremely glad you did or accomplished.
Raised a daughter who has become a lovely, kind and caring person. 

What advice would you give your younger self just starting out on their own.
Always be yourself. 

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