Joanne gets invited to cover all the hot events and happenings around town—but her admiration and dedication for helping non-profits, charities and various organizations is truly remarkable. She cares. And when you read her column, you’ll see what we mean. She is one of the hardest working Colorado media members we know. Sure, it does help that she gets to cover some seriously fun and glitzy events.
Since Joanne is always busy writing about other people, businesses and organizations around town, we figured it’s time for someone to write about her!
Who is Joanne Davidson? Find out now—she filled out 15 fabulous moments and facts about herself exclusively for Colorado Media Network:
2. I may have been the three-time spelling champion from Forestville Union Elementary School, but I can't add two and two without a calculator or counting on my fingers and toes. My brother, though, could solve the most complicated math equation in his head but could barely spell his name.
3. I've ridden a horse three times and have been bucked off three times. No more!
4. My first car was a Plymouth Barricuda. (Don't judge! It was a gift)
5. I don't have a middle name.
6. My mother made all of my clothes until I was well into my 20s. She was an excellent seamstress, and everything I wore drew compliments. The talent didn't rub off ... the only "D" I ever received was in beginner's sewing.
7. My mother also was an excellent cook, but she wouldn't let anyone into her kitchen. So I didn't learn to cook until I shared an office with the food editor at the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, Calif. The food editor's best friend was Marion Cunningham, who wrote the updated Fannie Farmer Cookbook and became a protege of James Beard, and chefs like Jeremiah Tower and Alice Waters were always dropping by. I did a lot of eavesdropping!
9. On about my third job interview after graduating college, I could see that being able to use a camera was essential to landing a job at any newspaper other than, say, the San Francisco Chronicle or San Francisco Examiner. So I started saying I knew how to use one, thinking I'd have plenty of time to take a class before anyone hired me. First day on the job at a small suburban daily: major auto accident outside our office. It was around noon and our staff photographer was nowhere to be found. City editor tells me to grab a camera and get out there. So I did, but thank goodness the staff photographer showed up just as I was fumbling around, trying to figure out how to load film into one of those clunky old Leica box cameras we used to use. (Moral of the story: Never overstate your ability or talent).
10. I'm a total Bravo-holic. Love my Housewives, my Million Dollar Listings and the folks from Southern Charm. My husband refuses to watch these shows, so I have to wait 'til he's asleep and then watch 'em when they're run again very late at night.
11. I have a deathly fear of heights that began when my cousin talked me into riding the Ferris wheel at a county fair. Ferris wheels are pretty tame, but I was so scared that the ride had to be stopped so I could be let off.
12. I don't care much for flying, either.
13. When I was 8, I spied a pair of hair clippers in the bathroom of my grandmother's home and promptly used them to shave off my eyebrows. Much to my family's dismay!
14. I paid for my college education by working as an information operator for Pacific Telephone. To this day I will look up numbers in the phone book (or Google them) before I will call 411. Those operators have it rough!
15. I also was a waitress at a snack shop at a putt-putt golf course. I lasted one shift.
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