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Heard on the Hill: Take Five!

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time again for HOH to get to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) talks crazy … glue, that is.

Q: As a former ophthalmologist and medical service provider, what was the most interesting ailment you encountered?

A: One of the most gratifying and fairly unusual cases was a nice lady who came to me who had gotten some crazy glue in both of her eyes! I was given the job of salvaging her presence in her daughter’s wedding. So I peeled these sheets of glue from her eyes, and she was able to go to the wedding. That was probably one of the most grateful clients I’ve had.

Q: If you had the power to travel in time, what time period would you choose?

A: I would go back to the Constitutional Convention to witness the founders. The way in which they literally laid out the blueprint for the most humane and empowering form of government ever devised, I couldn’t imagine anything else better than that.

Q: You wrote for your high school’s newspaper, the Crier. Do you have a favorite writer?

A: I’m a reader of prose. I have a few favorites: Robert Hughes, the essayist Lance Morrow and the poet Jane Kenyon. Hughes and Morrow both have a particularly elegant and compelling way of creating an image with words. It can be an image of historical description or expressing an idea. Kenyon’s poetry is just absolutely devastating to read. She uses very descriptive language.

Q: What movie would you reference to be similar to the story of your life?

A: I never thought of a movie in that way. I can tell if I had to use a reference, I like comedies a lot. They are not the story of my life. But they express my sense of humor. My favorite three directors would be Mel Brooks, Christopher Guest and Woody Allen. It’s good to hold on to your sense of humor or wonder.

Q: If you could be any Walt Disney character, who would it be?

A: Belle, from “Beauty and the Beast,” because in the end, she got her prince. She was a very good person, and she was kind to the Beast. But if you asked my friends, I would be Mary Poppins because of my handbag.

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