Meet a Westsider:
Martha Simons

Profession/Occupation... Retired teacher of English and Latin.

What I like most about the Westside is... It reminds me of the small Midwestern community in which I spent my growing-up years.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... Outsiders’ impression of what it is, a rundown part of town.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... I rarely go to movies, but I like live theater. Early in December my daughter and I saw “A Christmas Carol” at the Denver Center.

I'd like to discover... something that would induce people to behave more civilly toward each other.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Eleanor Roosevelt – I think she would be a good conversationalist.

The next time I travel, I’m going... Western Illinois. My grandson graduates from high school at Aledo, Ill., in May.

My favorite childhood memory is... going to the county library branch to borrow books to read.

My favorite winter pastime is... I enjoy the changing seasons, especially the play of the sunlight on our beautiful surroundings.

Something good I’ve read is... a recently published biography: “Pearl Buck in China.” She grew up as a child of a Presbyterian minister in China.

My pet peeve is... The present younger generation growing up not valuing how important an education is.

If I won the lottery I’d... pay college tuition for grandchildren, pay off my daughter’s mortgage, and buy some farmland for my son.

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.