1) In this song, Dolly Parton locks eyes with a definite maybe. What’s the first thing that attracts you to a potential new boyfriend or girlfriend? If you’re currently in a relationship, what first attracted you to your partner? I’m attracted to smart men who read and who like to laugh. Plus, I’ve always liked forearms. I can’t explain it.
2) When Dolly was still a very young girl, she met Johnny Cash, who told her to follow her instincts and pursue a music career. Obviously this worked out very well for her. What’s the best advice you ever received? “Quit the job—there’s no sense in staying if you’re going to be too depressed to enjoy the money you’re earning.” I did—and I’ve NEVER regretted it—not for one second.
3) Dolly enjoys telling interviewers how she met her husband at the Wishy-Washy Laundromat in Nashville. Do you have a load of dirty clothes, or some other household chore, waiting for you after you finish this week’s Saturday 9? I have laundry to do, plus if I don’t vacuum soon I’m going to be able to build a spare cat with all the fur drifting around.
4) Dolly’s Imagination Library is a charity devoted to children’s literacy. What book did you enjoy as a kid? Or, if you’re a parent, what book did you enjoy sharing with your own children? Way too many to count! If I had to narrow it down to two, I’d pick Charlotte’s Web and Harriet the Spy.
5) Dolly’s theme park, Dollywood, is a very popular vacation destination. When you have time off, would you rather travel or have friends/relatives visit you? Honestly? My first choice would be to spend time by myself with no commitments. After a few days of that, I’d go to visit family.
6) Dolly is godmother to Miley Cyrus. If you could advise Miley, what would you say? I really have no opinion about Miley Cyrus, so I have no advice to share with her.
7) Dolly has earned a reputation for being very warm and friendly to the public. Have you ever had a celebrity encounter? OK—I’m going to sound like a total geek here. I met Brian Lamb (creator of CSPAN and host of the old BookNotes interview program) and was able to have an extended conversation with him. This was when I was working at the bookstore—he just happened to come in one day when he was traveling through the area. He couldn’t have been nicer. I don’t think I stopped smiling all day—and that memory still makes me smile. (I told you–smart men who read!)
8) As you can see by the photo, this song was originally released on vinyl. Do you still have any old-school LPs or 45s? I do—they’re up in my parent’s attic.
9) Sam simply cannot stand Dish TV’s Hopper commercial, where hysterical grown men hide under the bed and up in a tree house because they’re afraid of … something. What commercial just bugs the beejeesus out of you? There’s one that features an abnormally large baby that I think is kind of creepy. I have no idea what the commercial is for—maybe insurance? It’s obviously not an effective ad if I can’t remember the product!