How Well Do You THINK you know our own Howard Godnick?

  • First and foremost explain the genesis of your leaderboard name…
    Even as long ago as July 2015, many of my preferred leadernames had already been snatched up…”goddave,” “godfred,” “godthor,” and “godwilly” were all taken, so I went with “godnick”
    Personal Info:
    Name: Howie Godnick
    Where do You live? Manhattan, NY (Upper West Side)
    Married/Single? Divorced, which led me to the best thing to ever happen to me without a penis (see next question), Carey
    Kids/Grandkids? Two sons – Max (26 and a writer/producer) and Andy (21, junior at Syracuse)
    Pets? Ernie the dog is a soon-to-be 12 year old labradoodle
    Working/Retired? Kinda
    If you went to college…what college did you go to? Stony Brook (theater major, BA 1980)
    Motto in which you live by?
    At the ripe old age of 35, not long after my fourth sub-four hour marathon, I had a quadruple bypass.  After my heart surgery my cardiologist said to me, “you didn’t die; you have to live.”  I have subscribed to that mantra ever since, and it’s gotten me through a heart attack at 45 (on a spinning bike, from which I had to be medevac’d by helicopter), visual impairment at 50, two stents at 52, and losing 40% of my blood internally last April.
    “You didn’t die; you have to live”
    1)   How long have you had your bike? July 2, 2015
    2)   Where in your home do you ride?  In my second bedroom
    3)   What is your favorite Color? Blue
    4)   What is your favorite food?  Special K With Chocolate Pieces (“now with even more pieces!”)
    5)   What is your favorite TV Show?  Survivor, Bill Maher and John Oliver
    6)   Have you ever ridden in studio?  Yup
    7)   Who would you like to ride with?  Alexander Hamilton
    8)   Guilty Pleasure?  Hamilton (7 times, and counting)
    9)   Favorite Curse word – I’m not a big curser (never, ever cursed in front of my parents, or my kids), but who doesn’t like a good fuck?
    10) Favorite musician/band – The Who
    11) Morning or night? – night
    12) Last Book You Read?  Face
    13) Who’s the Last Person who texted you?  – Carey
    14) Favorite App?  – Words With Friends
    15) Favorite Sport? – March Madness
    16) Favorite Sports Team – NY Yankees
    17) Fave Alcoholic Beverage – Diet Snapple Trop – a – Rocks
    18)  What Color is your toothbrush – Blue
    19)  Do you have a favorite cartoon character? – Archie
    20)  Coffee or tea – Snapple
    21)  What time do you go to bed? – midnight-ish
    22)  Fave Reality TV show? – Survivor (was this a trick question)
    23)  What is something we’d be ,surprised to know about you? I was an actor, standup comic and Street mime for many years before deciding to go to law school, and spent three years as a regular extra and bit part player on SNL (81-83).
     24) Who would you like to eat dinner with? Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr 
    Anything else you’d like to share?  In 2012 I was asked to accept the Award of Courage from Sloan Kettering Hospital, despite the fact that none of my many design defects included cancer.  My friend and role model, Michael J Fox, introduced me, and the video of that speech led to the opportunity last March to give a TedTalk.   Both my Award of Courage and TedTalk speeches speak to my philosophy in life, and my mantra:  “you didn’t die; you have to live”

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