Serena Freewomyn

Better Know a Contributor: Don Sherfick

Filed By Serena Freewomyn | April 20, 2008 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Marriage Equality
Tags: Don Sherfick, SJR7

Editor's Note:You've seen Steven Colbert's "Better Know a Lobbyist," but our version is so much gayer! Each weekend, we spotlight a different TBP contributor.

This week's featured contributor is Don Sherfick. Don Sherfick is a retired Navy civilian attorney who jumped over to the legal world (IU Indianapolis Law School 1973) after starting his working life as an electrical engineer (Purdue 1961). He's the father of four, grandfather of eight, and great-grandfather of one. Since retirement in 1994 he's been active in several GLBT-related nonprofits.

Don cracks me up. Follow me after the jump to read his hilarious answers to my 6 questions.

SERENA: How did you get roped into writing for TBP?

DON: Actually I wasn't roped. I had become familiar with the site, and being active in the fight against SJR7, a proposed "marriage protection amendment" to the Indiana Constitution [which I like to think my efforts were instrumental in helping to kill...for four more years at least], asked if I could contribute.

S: What was your coming out experience like?

D: I was one of those nice Catholic boys in the 1950's who "always knew" he liked boys better but the Church said "sin equals hell," the shrinks said "hell, we got one for sure", and until November 1, 1977, the State of Indiana said "felony even behind closed doors." So I got married, had four kids (who in turn now have youngsters of their own), and thought all of that "guy liking stuff" would go away...but it didn't. Ten years after Stonewall I came out ... typical hurtful situation to my spouse who had no idea...thought my life was over but things now have come together with my kids being supportive and loving my other half of 14 years. I've really never run into the kind of nastiness or shunning from parents, friends or fellow employees, etc., that I know many others experience. I am blessed and lucky in that regard, for which I am thankful.

S: If you were a WWE wrestler, what would your theme song be?

D: Oh, my. I had to Google "WWE" to make sure I knew what that's all about. If it isn't on PBS, CNN, or lately MSNBC, or on half a dozen shows like "Lost," "Smallville," and the like, I likely miss it. How about the "Triumphal March" from Aida? (If that's taken by another contributor......they need to return it or else.)

S: What book should every Projector read?

D: I would never presume to tell even one Projector, let alone all of them, what their reading habits should be. At least not until I complete my book "How Larry Craig Will Become John McCain's Running Mate And Give New Meaning To Presidential Library Restrooms." Probably out in two-ply paperback for starters; the concept of hardcover is just too racy.

S: Be honest . . . favorite show tune?

D: Do you really think anybody writing a book about Larry Craig as a Vice-Presidential running mate would be honest concerning show tunes? If I were, it would be "You and I" from Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Hands down. If we ever have a commitment ceremony, that would be the centerpiece.

S: Favorite weekend indulgence?

D: Besides the type of recreation the conventional wisdom says that those pushing 70 ought to be satisfied with having less of, weekend or otherwise, playing euchre with good friends.

Can I be excused now? Anyone named Freewomyn probably doesn't have a real good appreciation about competing with an older male bladder. And some guy by the name of Larry keeps hogging the facilities.

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Can I just say for the record that I love the fact that Don isn't letting the Larry Craig thing go?

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | April 20, 2008 9:09 PM

Euchre, that is so very Indiana. Grandpa taught me how to play when he needed a fourth. I think his theme song should be Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" as you have a man for all seasons in him.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | April 20, 2008 9:12 PM

Euchre is so Indiana-Ohio Valley. I would suggest that his theme song be Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" as in him you have a man for all seasons. Loved your post.

This was fun!

S: If you were a WWE wrestler, what would your theme song be?

D: Oh, my. I had to Google "WWE" to make sure I knew what that's all about.Hilarious! SO gay, indeed.

I have to admit - Don holds a special place in my heart. He's a dual-site blogger since he's a Bilerico-Indiana blogger too. He's also the contributor I see the most of socially.

Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | April 21, 2008 7:43 AM

Thanks for the nice comments. So far as I can remember (and that is a HUGE qualification) I have never been interviewed before, certainly not by a serene free woman. Or an indentured one, for that matter.

In seeing my statements in print, I realize that outside of this section of the Midwest, the term "euchre" may not be well known. It is pronounced "You-kerr", and not "Ooooch-ray". It's a card game where the jack of the suit that's the same color as the trump suit is called "the left bower". Except when gay men play, and then sometimes the queens are the bowers. Or maybe the bowers are the queens. You have to be from Indiana to understand that.

As to the Larry Craig as Vice-President thing, I've had to go underground for a while because of a defamation suit by, of all people, manufacturers of restroom partitions. But more on that later.

Have a good day, serene free woman. It was nice talkin' to ya.

Robert, I think you just called Don "Grandpa." I might have to take issue with that. Click over to Waymon's post about John McCain - FYI - apparently age isn't funny.

Don, keep up the toilet humor. Me likey!