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Author Q&A

Q&A with M.C. Lesh…

Why didn’t you like onions as a kid?

That’s a very good question! I’m really not sure. They just bugged me something fierce! The texture, whether cooked or raw, bothered me so much, many an unfortunate mealtime was spent picking them out of my food. By the end of dinner, I’d have a tall pile of onion scraps. Luckily, my mom didn’t make a big deal out of it.

What other kinds of foods wouldn’t you eat?
A better question would probably be what would I eat. I was so picky, I don’t know how my mom put up with me. (Sorry, Mom!) Here’s a partial list of foods I hated:

Spinach (blech!)
Mushrooms (yarg!)
Peas (flavor detractors)
Liver (do I have to explain this one?)
Fish (except fish sticks--yum!)
Most vegetables except for corn, lettuce, cucumbers, and beets
My Mom’s tuna gravy (what were you thinking, Mom?)
Meatloaf (just like J.D.)
Salmon cakes (double blarg with an extra yarg)

Also, I didn’t want any of my foods to touch and would complain when they did. (Sorry, Mom!)

It’s clear that I owe my mom many apologies. Luckily, I’ve grown out of most of my food aversions, but I still don’t like onions (except for red onions and green onions--now I think they’re boss and eat them freely).

How in the world did you come up with the name “Goethalsburg”?

J.D. and the Horn Boys live in North Goethalsburg and attend North Goethalsburg Elementary School, named after a lesser-known American Hero, George Washington Goethals. He is credited as being the supervisor and overseer of the Panama Canal. This amazing feat of engineering is one of the modern wonders of the world, connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and acting as a major shortcut for ships, cutting thousands of miles from their journey. [*Tip: Mr. Steve used to write school reports about him because none of his teachers knew who he was. If you turn in a report on George Washington Goethals, your teacher just may think you’re a genius! Also, Mr. Steve gets the credit for coming up with the town’s name. He’s a clever one.]

Ha! Made you learn something!