Meet a Westsider:
James ‘Jim’ White

Profession/Occupation... Retired clergyman – minister emeritus, First Congregational United Church of Christ.

What I like most about the Westside is... The near Westside, where we live, is a neighborhood that is mixed economically, racially, ethnically, politically, age-wise and religiously. The diversity shows up in housing, which makes each walk in the neighborhood a visual treat.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... is the high thievery we experience. At least once a month some family has something stolen from their property. Just this year we’ve had UPS packages taken from the front porch, and I have had fishing equipment stolen from my car parked in the driveway.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... My wife Patti and I enjoyed “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (a movie about retirement).

I'd like to discover... how long have elm trees of the Near Westside been in the ground.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Two famous Springsians, William Stratton and Spencer Penrose, perhaps have them share their understandings of “what to do with wealth.”

The next time I travel, I’m going... Russia, to visit St. Petersburg and Novgorod. Russian Orthodoxy and iconography are compellingly interesting.

My favorite childhood memory is... Manitou Springs in the late 1940s. I remember folks in rocking chairs at the Albany Hotel and bearded Amish farmers. At the Arcade we ate Patsy’s popcorn, drank from the mineral springs, watched the Indians’ hoops dance, and played the arcade ball games, especially the Kentucky Derby horse race. Amazingly enough, some of these wonderful things of childhood are still here for our grandchildren!

My favorite fall pastime is... Fall is my favorite time to be in Colorado, then to be in the mountains hunting for big game. There is crispness in the air, the smell of sun-warmed pine needles, a chattering squirrel, still-yellow aspen leaves on the ground, crunchy under foot, the sight of a circling hawk, and I can chew the thick, sweet end of a stalk of grass…full senses alive!

Something good I’ve read is... I’m reading and re-reading, and trying to recite Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem, “As kingfishers catch fire…” (Help me understand it, please!)

My pet peeve is... the “pet deer” who eat our flowers. What a nuisance!

If I won the lottery I’d... I don’t “work,” haven’t for seven years. So I get to read and write and fish, and I do so – not in that order!

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.