Phil Campbell

(Photos by Andrea Hahn)

February 08, 2012

Ten questions with ... Phil Campbell

Job on campus/department you work in: Coordinator of New Student Programs

How long at SIU Carbondale: Nine months

Hometown: Florissant, Mo.

When you were a youngster, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals.  I wanted to play all of the positions.

If you could choose another profession, what would it be and why? Professional photographer.

What is something you still want to accomplish in life? I want to go to New York City, except I may never want to leave.

What was the first “album” you ever bought, and was it an LP, 8-track or CD?  It was a cassette tape, but I cannot for the life of me remember who/what it was.  I do remember a fun invention called the ‘pocket rocker’ that I carried around everywhere as a child, and played the two songs that fit on that mini-cassette tape.

If you could pick an actor/actress to play you in a movie, who would you pick and why? Michael J. Fox in the ‘80s would have done a great job of balancing my enthusiasm, height advantage and dialogue.

What is one random fact about you? I am an original cast member for a published play.  Every script that is ordered has my name printed in it.

What is your favorite food and why? I am Italian, so homemade pizza and a Caesar salad goes a long way with me.

Who has inspired you, and how? My grandmother was the rock of my family; she brought everyone together and in her firm yet loving way, held everyone accountable.

What is your pet peeve? Delayed responses to emails, text messages, phone calls, etc. And, clapping out of rhythm.

Favorite cartoon character? Why? Charlie Brown is my favorite childhood character because of his honest expression of feeling, and his portrayal of hope and persistence.