Ten Questions At Age Twenty, Forty, and Sixty (Oh How Things Change)

James Lipton was famous for these ten interview questions on Inside the Actors Studio. He always asked the same ten questions to the nearly 300 guests who appeared on the show. I posed them to Gina during cocktail hour last night. As we discussed them I also asked her how she would have answered them at age 20 and age 40. That elicited a fun and eye-opening dialogue.
Here are my probable answers at age 20:
What is your favorite word? Jesus
What is your least favorite word? Sin
What turns you on? Church
What turns you off? Satan
What sound or noise do you love? Piano
What sound or noise do you hate? Sirens
What is your favorite curse word? None
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Medicine
What profession would you not like to do? Funeral Director
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Age 40:
What is your favorite word? Excitement
What is your least favorite word? Tradition
What turns you on? Worship
What turns you off? Legalism
What sound or noise do you love? Waves
What sound or noise do you hate? Sirens
What is your favorite curse word? Shit
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Entrepreneur
What profession would you not like to do? Baptist Minister
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Welcome.”
Age 60:
What is your favorite word? Sin
What is your least favorite word? Rules
What turns you on? Sensuality
What turns you off? Religion
What sound or noise do you love? Waves
What sound or noise do you hate? Siren
What is your favorite curse word? Fuck
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Philosopher
What profession would you not like to do? Minister
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Nothing you’ve heard about this place or me is true.”
How about you? What would your answers be? Cut and paste the text below and answer.
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on?
What turns you off?
What sound or noise do you love?
What sound or noise do you hate?
What is your favorite curse word?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
What profession would you not like to do?
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?