David Weaver from Columbus, OH
Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?
I am Director of the Ohioana Library, a special library devoted to Ohio authors and books. I am myself the author of Black Diva of the Thirties, a biography of pioneer black opera singer (and film actress) Ruby Elzy.
What’s your favorite movie snack?
Popcorn, of course! With LOTS of butter.
What’s your favorite part of TCM?
That it's commercial free... also that you show cool things like the original movie trailers and short features, especially James Fitzpatrick's "Voice of the Globe" series.
What’s your favorite movie genre?
Musicals... and TCM has the greatest collection of them from the MGM vault.
Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?
I really admire director Robert Wise. He made so many fine films in so many genres, including several of my favorites: The Day the Earth Stood Still, Somebody Up There Likes Me, West Side Story, The Sound of Music.
Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?
Mario Lanza. I loved his tremendous voice and personality, and as a result of the influence of his films, I studied opera in college.
What do you collect?
I use to collect vinyl 45 rpm records - but after downsizing a few years ago, I had to give most of them away - except for the Mario Lanza records!
If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?
Shane - great film. And based on a book by an Ohio writer, Jack Schaefer. I wrote a story for the Ohioana Quarterly called "Ohioana Goes to the Movies," and it was all about great films based on books by Ohio writers. Shane topped the list.
Thank you David! For being in our Member Spotlight, we're sending you TCM's excellent book Must-See Musicals, the perfect companion to all those wonderful musicals we put on air. And it has a foreword by Michael Feinstein, who originally hails from Columbus!
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