Sarah Hood from Odenton, MD


Aside from watch TCM, what do you do?

I'm a retired Air Force master sergeant working as a training instructor at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade in Maryland, teaching journalism and public affairs to service members from all five branches. I go to the movies on the way home from work (the Army post has a theater -- hurrah!), I find movies on TV using an antenna and I sometimes venture out to the local area to see a movie. In the late 1970s, my sister and I went on two cruises with the Amercian Film Institute as well as a trip to London.


What’s your favorite movie snack?

When I was behind the candy counter at the SeaView Theater in Pacifica, California, I got hooked on Junior Mints and Hot Tamales! But these days, I microwave Boy Scout popcorn kernels (no sodium). If I've been really good, I might treat myself to a chocolate Coke on the side.


What’s your favorite part of TCM?

I love the variety of films. But, I have a confession to make. I only get to watch TCM when I'm visiting my twin sister, Cathy, in Williamsburg, Virginia. I have no adult supervision at home and don't trust myself to not spend all my off time watching movies. Consequently, I don't have cable or streaming services or anything like that. I do have an antenna (see previous response), my own growing movie collection and what I check out of the library at work. Please don't tell my high school improvisation teacher, Dave Campbell! He is the biggest TCM fan I know. I don't want to disappoint him.


What’s your favorite movie genre?

When DINFOS students are interviewing me for feature stories about my love of movies and they ask this question, I say, "I wish I had one. Life would be so much easier! I am just easily entertained."

In other words, I plead the fifth.


Who’s your favorite actor or actress or filmmaker of all time? And why?

Ronald Colman -- lovely to look at, lovely to listen to, a joy to watch; but then there's Gary Cooper, who can break your heart with a look. Don't make me pick! OK, fallback choice -- Robert Dudley, the weenie king in The Palm Beach Story, the justice of the peace in Son of Dracula, the photographer in Citizen Kane, and my great grandfather!


Who would you be thrilled to meet, and what would you say?

You're doing it again. OK, fine. Frank Capra. I'd like to tell him, "While many of your movies lay bare the greed and corruption of some, they also remind us that there is good and kindness in others. I know not everything ends in a happy ending, but your films offer hope."

I'm a huge fan of happy endings!


What do you collect?

Well, I used to collect movie 1-sheets, autographs (did I tell you Fred Astaire stepped on my foot?), books, stills, stamps, etc. I moved around a lot when I was in uniform. Once I settled (sort of), I felt like I was drowning under stuff. So, I, painfully, downsized. I kept everything my improv teacher has given me over the years but now primarily focus on books about anything movie-related.


If you had to pick just one, what would be your favorite movie?

I tell students that this is truly a stressful, unfair question. I then say, "Well, it's (day of the week) at (time), so ..."

As of this writing it's Sunday, Nov. 3, at 5:35 p.m., so, A Matter of Life and Death (Stairway to Heaven).


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Charlie Kiker's picture

A most intelligent woman with a quirky sense of humor.
Very good.
Charlie Kiker
ps. I am a Back Lot Member Spotlight Alumni BFA degree one photography and a Registered Nurse (retired).