Meet a Westsider:
Lana Wright

Profession/Occupation... I retired from owning an art gallery and frame shop in Canon City. Most recently, until 2008, I served 18 years as president and manager of the Villa De Mesa Homeowners Association, off 21st Street.

What I like most about the Westside is... less traffic, small privately owned restaurants, the variety of shops and galleries and the people, of course.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... keep the quality of shops from becoming only “tourist” attractions.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... I do not see many movies, but I loved “Chicago” and “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

I'd like to discover... a cure for cancer, Alzheimers and Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... God, because I’d like to have all the answers before I die; and Stephen Spielberg, because he has a great mind and is a kid at heart.

The next time I travel, I’m going... I want to take my family to France and Spain, where many of my relatives live

My favorite childhood memory is... I’d like to offer instead a short Westside history. I was born in Colorado Springs and during World War II, my mother, sister and I lived in a small house on North 36th street. My sister and I attended our first schools at Manitou and Whittier. When my father returned from the war, we lived in another small house in Manitou. My two daughters also were born in Colorado Springs and attended Whittier, West Junior and Coronado. I truly am a “Westsider.”

My favorite spring pastime is... working in my courtyard, digging and planting lots of flowers. I also like going to the mountains and to Florida.

Something good I’ve read is... “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” the first book in the C.S. Lewis series, “Chronicles of Narnia.”

My pet peeve is... people spitting on streets and sidewalks and wrongfully parking in handicapped areas.

If I won the lottery I’d... build a large, wonderful home for senior citizens who need full-time care. The staff would be highly paid and each resident would have a private full-time caregiver for every 12 hours.

Meet a Westsider” is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer. If you would like to be a Meet-a-Westsider (or know someone who should be), please give us a call at 471-6776.