Release Magazine, August/September 1997
FAST LOOK----Stephen Mason
(Jars of Clay)
FULL NAME: Stephen Daniel Mason
ALIAS/NICKNAME: "Jerry Lewis Jar"
BORN WHERE AND WHEN: Joliet, IL; July 8, 1975
FAMILY STATS: Mom, Dad, Stepmom, older brother and sister, younger sister
PETS: Border Collie named "Chianti"
FAVORITE LYRIC FROM A SONG: "In the desert, you can't remember your name and there ain't no one for to give you no pain…" (from America's Horse with No Name")
WORD OR PHRASE THAT YOU MOST OFTEN OVERUSE: "Shave Your Back"
FIRST JOB: Walking beans (pulling weeds in miles of soybean fields)
HIDDEN TALENT: Saying a lot of words but not making sense, for hours on end.
MOST EMBARASSING MOMENT: After lots of "cashier/drive-thru" experience at McDonald's, I tried "grill" once and sent up about six Big Macs with no meat.
GUILTY PLEASURE: Chocolate
CURRENTLY IN THE CD PLAYER: Counting Crows' Recovering the Satellites
YOU'VE BEEN HANDED THE KEYS TO A TIME MACHINE, WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO GO FIRST? 1966-1969 Abbey Road Studios
BEST GROSS-OUT STORY: Riding my bike, swallowing a bug
WEDDING DAY MEMORY: Leaving the reception in a gauntlet of people blowing bubbles
MOST ANNOYING HABIT: Biting my nails
FIRST ALBUM: Let It Be by the Beatles
FIRST CHRISTIAN ALBUM: The Choir's Circle Slide
MOST INCREDIBLE DATE: A day at the lake, walking and talking
GOOFIEST THING YOU BELIEVED AS A CHILD: It didn't get better than Peanut Butter Captain Crunch.
WORST TROUBLE YOU GOT IN AS A CHILD: I (with the help of my younger sister) busted a glass case display at a "fine department store."
IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? A grizzly bear
NUMBER OF MILES ON YOUR ODOMETER: 45,000
BEST ADVICE EVER GIVEN: "Be yourself"
YOU'VE BEEN MADE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE DAY. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? Fly around the world on the taxpayers' money in Air Force One.
WRITE YOUR EPITAPH: He lived, he loved, he died. He's in Heaven not because of his good works, but because of God's grace and unconditional love.
BEST PRACTICAL JOKE PLAYED ON YOU: My bachelor party. Enough said.
WHAT PRODUCT WOULD YOU DEFINITELY ENDORSE IF ASKED? Starbucks Coffee
CARTOON CHARACTER THAT REMINDS YOU OF YOU: Ren & Stimpy
FOOD YOU REFUSE TO EAT: Brussel Sprouts
DREAM ROLE IN A MOVIE: Harrison Ford in Patriot Games
MOST MEMORABLE MEETING: Carole King at a writer's forum
IF YOU COULD SWAP LIVES WITH SOMEONE FOR ONE DAY, WHO'D YOU LIKE TO SWAP WITH? Sting
MOST MEMORABLE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Peter, Paul and Mary
IF MUSIC WASN'T YOUR CAREER, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'D BE DOING? Loiterer or professional student
SCAR STORY: Under my chin, one-inch scar (slipped in the bathtub at age 3)
FIRST CAR: '81 Plymouth Champ "The Amazing Plastic Car"
DREAM CAR: A car that runs on trash, requires no maintenance
NO. OF FAN LETTERS (OR E-MAILS) ANSWERED MONTHLY: Probably between 50 and 100
BEST GIFT EVER RECEIVED: Homemade chocolate cake with homemade chocolate icing
BEST PRACTICAL JOKE YOU'VE PLAYED ON SOMEONE: Kidnapping Charlie and throwing a surprise birthday party for him
QUESTION NO ONE HAS EVER ASKED YOU BEFORE: "Hey Stephen, stuffing or mashed potatoes?"
FAVES & RAVES
VACATION SPOT: St. Maarten
BOOK: Hungry for Heaven: Rock and Roll and the Search for Redemption by Steve Turner
ALBUM: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hears Club Band by The Beatles
MOVIES: The Court Jester; In the Name of the Father
HYMN: "Be Thou My Vision
FOOD: Creamed corn, crab, mussels
TV SHOW: Seinfeld
BREAKFAST CEREAL: Cinnamon Life
ICE CREAM FLAVOR: Peanut Butter & Chocolate (in a sugar cone)
'70's SITCOM: Chips
SPORTS TEAM: Da Bulls, da Bears, da Cubs
SALAD DRESSING: Caesar
CITY: Chicago, IL
SOAP: Lever 2000
PIZZA: Pineapple and Bacon
FAST FOOD ORDER: Two hard-shell Taco Supremes and one Burrito Supreme
PASTIME: Going to baseball games
HOBBIES: Internet, walks, YMCA, music, travel
BOARD GAME: Scrabble
CHILDHOOD TOY: Remote-controlled tank
SCRIPTURE: Romans 5
SHAMPOO: Pantene Pro-V
COMIC STRIP: Dilbert
SONG: "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel
HANGOUT: Barnes & Noble*
*Article transcribed from Release Magazine August/September 1997, page 50.
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