Meet a Westsider:
John McKenna

Profession/Occupation... Columnist, reviewer and author. I recently wrote “The Neversink Chronicles.” In the 1990s, I owned the McKenna Brothers antique shop at Eighth and Cucharras.

What I like most about the Westside is... the village atmosphere and lack of city hustle and bustle.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... to have trolleys on West Colorado Avenue. It would be central to the atmosphere of the Westside, the only real historic district in Colorado Springs.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... “Unforgiven,” with Clint Eastwood.

I'd like to discover... the location of Ernest Hemingway’s missing suitcase full of unpublished short-story manuscripts. His girlfriend left it at a railroad station in the 1920s.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... H.L. Mencken. He was a prolific turn-of-the-century writer and one of the most sarcastic men who ever lived. He wrote a compilation of off-beat quotations.

The next time I travel, I’m going... Ireland. It’s my heritage. I’d just like to see the country. My family moved to America in the 1840s, and I read a lot of Irish writers.

My favorite childhood memory is... going stream fishing with my dad in upstate New York.

My favorite summer pastime is... reading and writing – any season.

Something good I’ve read is... The Lock Artist, by Steve Hamilton. I like the book because it has a unique point of view and a complicated plot. It won the Edgar Award in 2011 (yearly award given by the Mystery Writers of America.)

My pet peeve is... inconsiderate people and rudeness.

If I didn’t have to work for a year, I would... I’d read and write more fiction and encourage people to read more.

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