10 questions with Mimi Bogard

Mimi Bogard wears several historical hats — both figurative and literal. When she’s not dressing in costume to portray first ladies Lucretia Garfield and Helen Taft, she might be found training volunteers at the National First Ladies’ Library.

Mimi Bogard wears several historical hats — both figurative and literal. When she’s not dressing in costume to portray first ladies Lucretia Garfield and Helen Taft, she might be found training volunteers at the National First Ladies’ Library. Or she might be working as a trustee of the Canton Preservation Society. An avid fan of genealogy, Bogard proudly traces her ancestry to the early settlers of Ohio.

Given her interest in history, the first of our 10 questions was an obvious one.
Q. If you could meet a famous person from the past, whom would you choose?
A.
Benjamin Franklin, without a doubt. First of all, he loved women. He was quite a charming man — brilliant, good conversationalist and sure to share a good meal.

Q. Favorite ice cream flavor?
A.
Chocolate. Taggarts’ chocolate.

Q. What song do you sing in the shower?
A.
Currently, it’s Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Q. Movie you’ve seen more than three times?
A.
Probably 30 times! “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Just heartbreaking, but hopeful.

Q. Can you recite a poem?
A.
Are you kidding? I’m a has-been English major (and retired English teacher and librarian at Sandy Valley Local Schools). “Nature’s first green is gold, her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf ’s a flower, but only so an hour.” (Robert Frost)

Q. What would you order for your last meal?
A.
Chocolate chip cookies and lots of milk.

Q. What was your worst job ever?
A.
Inventory at Clarkins (Carousel store) back in the ’60s. Middle of the night, inventory of the sock department. And the pairs were not attached to each other.

Q. Finish the sentence “If I were braver, I would …”
A.
Finish writing at least one of the novels in my head.

Q. Who’s cooler — Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Dean Martin or John Wayne?
A.
Bogart. His movies top my list.

Q. If you could live in another historical period, what would you choose?
A.
The 1920s. Women could vote, and we believed the war was over forever.