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Weird Charlotte: Are you originally from Charlotte, or did you come here from somewhere else? If you came here from somewhere else, where was that, when did you land here, and why?

David: Originally from here – moved away for 17 years to Denver, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia, mostly, with pit stops all around the universe. Second landing: 2002. Still traveling, though.

WC: Of all you've contributed to the cultural fabric of Charlotte, what are some of your personal favorites?

David: I like to consider myself the ultimate observer. I find people, places and things that are unusual and make sure the rest of the world knows about them. One of my all time favorite things is the article I did for Charlotte Magazine on Daisy and Violet Hilton, the conjoined identical twins who were vaudeville stars, made a handful of obscure movies and were stranded in Charlotte in the mid-sixties by an evil PR man. They ended up working for a grocery store chain called Park 'n Shop on Wilkinson Blvd. (still standing but abandoned) and living in a mobile home park just up the street (also still standing). Later they moved into a house where they were discovered dead after succumbing to the Hong Kong flu epidemic of 1968. They're buried beside a Vietnam soldier in Forrest Lawn Cemetery on Freedom Drive.

On a political note – I tend to think politics and art often walk hand in hand – I'm happy to have been one of the individuals pushy enough to insist that the Mecklenburg County Commission did have the capability to pass a sexual orientation non-discrimination employment policy.

WC: What strengthens your dedication to do what you do, in spite of the fact that Charlotte has not yet developed a critical mass of creatively-attuned people?

David: It would be wonderful if we had some creative genius intellectual left bank here, but we don't. If there were a whole bunch of us it might get a little boring. At any rate, I do what I do because I believe in change and it keeps me entertained and intellectually stimulated. Plus I get really excited uncovering forgotten stories.

WC: What sometimes discourages you about Charlotte and makes you dream of living somewhere else? And where would that somewhere else be?

David: Manipulative, close-minded, mean-spirited, hatin' evangelical conservative republicans. Not too many of 'em left anymore, actually. I can debate 'em 'til they're blue in the face and walk away all smiles but afterwards, when I'm alone, I'm always filled with this overwhelming sense of sadness for their lack of vision. Where would I go? Quebec City in French Canada. It's a small town, but so old and beautiful and absolutely breathtaking in the wintertime.

WC: What would help make Charlotte a more vibrant cultural city?

David: Some architectural and landscape modifications to the existing strip on Central Avenue between Louise and The Plaza to make it a walking village full of out-of-the ordinary entertainment, art and dining experiences. Coercing the city into investing some cash into NoDa and making it a viable destination for entertainment, art and dining.

I'd love to see a Charlotte Wax History Museum that dates from point of origin to contemporary times. Famous criminals, politicians, animals and noteworthy people captured at the height of their notoriety. If anybody likes that idea I'd be a great advisor for the project.

WC: What can we do right now to make Charlotte a more vibrant cultural city?

David: Send Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James and religious zealot Flip Benham to Siberia.

WC: Let's say there's some creative person out there who's considering moving to Charlotte. If you could say one thing to them, what would it be?

David: You can do anything you want here. It's wide open, there's not a lot of competition and the cost of living is relatively affordable. I guess that was four things, huh? But they all came in one thought!

davidmoore@post.com

read David's editorial comments at www.q-notes.com

2/21/06