10 Questions for Tucker Carlson, Television Host

La Jolla native Tucker Carlson (once of the bowtie) is well known for hosting news and opinion programs on PBS, CNN and MSNBC. Before his television career, he worked as a magazine and newspaper writer. Carlson just finished taping six episodes of a new game show called Do You Trust Me? The show will air sometime soon in primetime on CBS.

Q: When did you live in La Jolla?

From 1976 to 1986, the first through the eleventh grades.

Q: What memories of La Jolla are special to you?

Almost all my memories of La Jolla are happy. It was a great place to grow up. I miss the tide pools in the Shores, jumping off the Clam (something that apparently is now illegal), riding my bike to the Cove Theater in the Village, and many other things. I loved it.

Q: Where are you living now?

Off MacArthur Boulevard in Washington, D.C.

Q: If you hosted a dinner party for eight, who (living or deceased) would you invite?

George Orwell, Teddy Roosevelt, Donna Godchaux (musician), Christopher Hitchens (writer), Grace Kelly, George MacDonald Fraser (writer), Jesus and Jerry Garcia

Q: Tell us about what you are currently reading.

I’m almost done with “The Whisperers: Private Life” in Stalin’s Russia, by Orlando Figes. It’s fascinating – he draws on archives that have never been translated into English – but also pretty depressing. It amazes me how so many people could consent to totalitarian rule. On a happier note, I just finished “World Without End,” by Ken Follett. It’s the sequel to “Pillars of the Earth,” and every bit as good. You’ll be happy it’s 1000 pages.

Q: Who or what inspires you?

My father. What a tough, interesting, funny guy, exactly the sort of person you’d want to sit next to at dinner or go to for advice. Tremendous story-teller, committed animal lover, totally decent man. I have never heard him complain, ever. I admire that.

Q: What is your most prized possession?

My fly rods.

Q: What do you do for fun?

We have four children, two dogs and a cat. Just being home is enough for me.

Q: Please describe your greatest accomplishment.

Having such a happy, tranquil marriage after 17 years.

Q: What is your motto or philosophy of life?

It ends soon. Don’t waste a minute in fear, laziness or self-pity.