Meet a Westsider:
Urban Turzi

Profession/Occupation... Volunteer executive director of a local charitable non-profit organization called One Nation Walking Together, whose mission it is to provide humanitarian programs to Native Americans.

What I like most about the Westside is... everything! The people, the historical atmosphere, its geographic setting, the small businesses.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... actually, I have lived on the westside since 1965 and I wouldn't change a thing.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... DVD of some old George Burns and Gracie Allen TV shows. It contained three episodes and I laughed out loud at the outlandish comments from Gracie Allen. I was also intrigued by the clothes the actors wore for the shows.

The worst advice I’ve ever gotten was... from an uncle who said: Don't go into the military.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Black Elk, a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, who has passed on.

The next time I travel, I’m going to... the Cocoa Beach area of Florida to meet with some of my old Air Force buddies. The three of us meet each year to laugh, tease, and play golf and bond as brothers.

My favorite childhood memory is... playing cowboys and Indians on the streets of Philadelphia.

My favorite seasonal pastime is... mineral collecting with my geek buddies either in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, South Dakota or wherever the seasons will allow us to travel. We do this basically year round collecting in old mines or on mine dumps getting dirty as sin, acting like kids again.

Something good I’ve read is.. a book by Father Pat Hannon of Sacred Heart Catholic Church entitled: “Running into the Arms of God.” It's great, it's a must read!

My pet peeve is... aggressive drivers and bigots.

If I won the lottery, I’d... faint as I never play the lottery. But if I did, I’d give most of it to One Nation Walking Together and the rest to my grandchildren to make sure they’re well taken care of.

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