Photo by Bonnie Manning, Feature Photographer
Q1: Was baseball always your favorite sport?
“Baseball was always my first love. I grew up in South Florida, and my family had season tickets to the Florida Marlins games, beginning with their inaugural season in 1993. I got started loving baseball at a young age and it stuck with me. May favorite Major League Baseball team is the Minnesota Twins. I love watching sports both live and on TV. The energy that sports bring out in people is contagious. I love the passion that comes with loving a sports team or athlete. ”
Q2: Who most influenced you growing up, and who influences you now?
“My siblings have always been very influential to me, and they still are. I always looked up to them while growing up. I have two siblings who are over 10 years older than I am and I always strived to be just like them. But, these days it is my entire family who influences me. I have watched my parents lead incredible lives and raise four kids. They have done it right the entire way, and I strive to lead a life as fulfilling as theirs has been.”
Q3: What is your favorite memory of growing up?
“Road trips! I am the youngest of four kids in my family. We went on some great road trips when we were young. We drove everywhere in our big yellow van, and some of my best memories are from those road trips. My parents always had goody bags for us filled with games and toys to hold us over the road. It became an exciting tradition to see Mickey Mouse bags the second we hit the highway!”
Q4: What do you enjoy most about Fort Wayne?
“There are many things I love about Fort Wayne. In the five and a half years that I have been here I have seen downtown turn into a great place to spend time, all the time. I always love the Fort Wayne trails, which I spend a lot of time running and biking. They are always clean, full of friendly people, and so extensive that you can always see something new.”
Q5: What do you find most fascinating about people?
“I love meeting new people and finding out who they are. I find it fascinating learning about where people come from. I have learned so much just listening to people tell their stories. I grew up in a very different place from Fort Wayne, and hearing about what other people did as children or where they have been is very interesting to me.”
5 Things Abby Would Take To A Deserted Island:
- My orange quilt made by my Aunt Jeannie to keep me warm at night.
- Sunscreen. I burn easily and will definitely need that.
- My GPS running watch so that I could still get my mileage in.
- My knitting stuff to keep me busy. (Yes, I am a knitter.)
- Twitter. It would be easy to keep track of everything if I still had Twitter.