The Paper Interview: Jimmy Bass


Briefly describe yourself and what you do/did.

Married father of two and grandfather of one who enjoys family time, music, books and dogs. Director of Libraries for Coweta County and part-time musician.

 Best piece of business advice you’ve received.

Do not judge a book by its cover.

 If I had it to do over …

I would have left my hometown even sooner.

 You are going on an extended solo trip. What three albums and three books would you take?

Some Girls- Rolling Stones

Tres Hombres- ZZ Top

Moods of Marvin Gaye- Marvin Gaye

The Great Thoughts by George Seldes

A Morning for Flamingos by James Lee Burke

All of the wonderful free e-Books found at

 Tell us one thing about yourself that few people know.

I was the musical entertainment for former President Jimmy Carter’s 74th birthday celebration.

 You are hosting a dinner party for six. What five people, living or dead, would you invite and why….

Buddy Holly – all the great music, the Texas swagger—a music pioneer who died way too early.

Winston Churchill – reputed to be one of best conversationalists of all time and smart fella.

John Connolly – author of Charlie Parker novels, my favorite series, and recent writer of Stan Laurel biography- I never was into Laurel and Hardy until I ready his great book.

Stevie Nicks – she has the stories from her years in rock circles; she is funny and is a seriously talented writer/singer.

Ray Charles – a bona fide musical genius; he overcame adversity, successfully performed in almost every genre, did it his way, and defeated his demons

Name an as yet unfulfilled dream.

Sell one of my original songs.

If you weren’t doing what you are, you would be …

Teacher, financial planner or musician.

 Your go-to food.

Fried Chicken.

 Favorite movies(s).

Goodfellas, Caddyshack, Goldfinger.

 Dogs or cats?

Dogs – particularly my two – Lulu and Sally.

 Your favorite quote and why.

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”- Marcus Aurelius.

I really believe it is how we react that matters in our lives. We all have good and bad things happen to us – what defines us is how we think about it.

Name something that you are extremely glad you did or accomplished.

Moved with my family to Newnan to work for this great county and with very talented library staff.

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

Be real. Be yourself.  

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