It was delightful to spend a morning with Suwanee City Councilman Dick Goodman and hear about his life, his involvement with the city, and his many talents such as photography and writing.
What inspired you or led you to your current career?
I currently serve on City Council and got involved when my wife and I first moved here in 2006. I attended all of the city meetings and planning sessions, and the mayor and others asked if I wanted to get involved, which I did, so that I would know what was happening and to make sure the City was doing things right! I was also the first chairman of the Arts Commission. I am a writer and enjoy photography as a hobby.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Antebellum (in Flowery Branch)
How long have you worked or lived in Suwanee?
13 years. We relocated here while we were still young enough to put down roots and enjoy the community.
What has kept you here?
There is no reason to leave.
How big is your family?
I have three grown children from a previous marriage, and my wife has three grown children from a previous marriage. We have 12 grandchildren.
Who is the most interesting person you’ve met in Suwanee?
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
What advice would you give a crowd of people?
Step up! I found the city and county to be very open to newcomers and welcoming to people who want to get involved.
What is something on your bucket list?
I don’t have one!
If you could take anyone to lunch (dead or alive) who would that be and where would you go?
Abe Lincoln. Without him and what he did for America, we would not have the South as we do today.
What is your favorite music? Name three bands you would like to see.
Primarily classical. I love going to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and would like to go see Richard Stoltzman, a clarinetist.
What local business makes you the most nostalgic about Suwanee?
The ice cream shop that opened first in Town Center called Sweet Temptations.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I was an informant for the FBI in 1966.