20 Questions With… Steve Heard

Steve Heard, also known as “stevethedad” (previously “nolongernew”) in our Folsom Forums, is a Mortgage Consultant that moved to Folsom in 2001 from the Bay Area. This twice-a-week karate instructor lives in the Willow Creek Estate area, and is the proud father of 2 daughters. Just one of many faces in the crowd in Folsom – take a peek!

1. What do you love most about Folsom?
Beautiful homes at bargain prices (compared to the Bay Area), great weather, lots of space, my neighbors. 

2. What made you move here initially (or did you grow up here)?
My brother in law and sister in law live around the corner from me. They’ve been here since the late 80’s. Visiting them often over the years, I swore I’d never give up the Bay Area, but I grew to like this place, and finally saw the light. Unfortunately, the light came on long after housing prices shot up. 

3. Who is your role model or hero?
My father, Bernard Heard Sr. He was a great man. I wish everyone had the chance to know him. He was just an ordinary guy. He grew up poor and black in Louisiana during the depression. He fought for our country in the Navy, aboard submarines and other vessels during the second World War and the Korean War. He survived and raised a family, fighting poverty, discrimination and racism. He moved all 8 of us to California in 1965, without a job (the post master of New Orleans refused to sign a transfer), to make a better life for us. For most of my childhood, he held 3 jobs: Mailman during the day, janitor at night, bartender/waiter on the weekends. He never complained, and was one of the nicest, wisest, strongest and funniest guys you’d ever want to meet. I only hope to be half the man he was. 

4. What is your proudest achievement (personal or professional)?
Personal, I’d have to say raising my kids. It is tough, but rewarding. Professional – Surviving and bouncing back to a new career after my career in Business Travel was ended by a declining economy, the dotcom bust, and 9/11. 

5. What’s in your CD player right now?
Boz Scaggs’ But Beautiful – Jane Monheit’s Never Never Land – Bebel Gilberto’s Tanto Tempo – Carmen McRae’s Live at Bimbo’s – Gato Barbieri’s Caliente 

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6. If you could open up your own business here in Folsom, what would it be?
A dockside restaurant and bar where one could have a good meal, with or without the family, hear some jazz, where I could tell a few jokes, give someone a place to work, host fundraisers for charities, seminars for self improvement, and hopefully, turn a profit. 

7. If you could have any superpower for a day, what would you like to have?
The power to make everyone treat each other with love and respect

8. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Holly’s Hill Winery

9. What’s your favorite Folsom restaurant?

10.What were you like as a kid?
Funny, goofy, brainy, skinny, caring, worried, scared, determined.

11. Biggest regret in life?
Taking so long to grow up

12. Do you have any hobbies?
Karate, running, listening to and reading about jazz

13. Who is your favorite Sacramento King?
Bobby Jackson 

14. What’s the most interesting destination you’ve ever been to?
Tokyo. Fascinating, crowded, great food, tradition, culture. 

15. If you could interview anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
Thurgood Marshall

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16. If you had to start a new career, what would you do?
Too many choices. I think I’d like to try stand up comic, if it didn’t require me to be away from my family. 

17. What’s your vision of Folsom in 20 years?
I’d love to see a more inclusive Folsom develop, with true community, diversity, and everyone taking responsibility for themselves and for their kids. I’d like to see a place where people are open and get to know each other, and where kids are safe from the dangers of drugs and alcohol. 

18. If you could change one thing in Folsom, what would it be?

19. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Two, actually, discrimination/prejudice and parents not doing their jobs as parents 

20. Please share with us a great website you’d like everyone to know about.
About.com’s Urban Legend and Folklore site. It is entertaining, and the first place I look when someone sends me an email with some suspicious message. Check it out:http://urbanlegends.about.com/mbody.htm

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