Mark Dolan

(Photos by Pete Rosenbery)

April 04, 2012

Ten Questions With ... Mark Dolan

Job on campus and department you work in: Assistant professor, Photojournalism and New Media, School of Journalism

How long at SIU Carbondale: Finishing up my fourth year.

Hometown:  East Northport, Long Island, NY.

When you were a youngster, what did you want to be when you grew up? Probably a cowboy.

If you could choose another profession, what would it be and why?  I would love to drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile (I don’t know that I’d want to do it long term, though).  I’d love to be a blues harmonica player -- but sadly, I’m not good enough to do it professionally.

What is one random fact about you?  I walked away from a plane crash in Egegik, Alaska.

What three things are at the top of your bucket list? I don’t really have one -- win the Lotto?  Hang out with Willie Nelson (cooking some BBQ, and listening to some music -- generally having fun).

What is your favorite way to spend a day?  Strolling around a great city -- with a camera in my hand and money in my pocket.

If you could take a photograph of your life, what would the picture be?  It would be well composed -- it might be humorous -- it would definitely be informative.

What is the best advice you ever received?  Use the GI Bill and go to college.

If you could meet an historical person, who would it be and what would you talk about?  Christ -- I’d love to know how he feels about what religions have done with his teachings.

What is your pet peeve?  Drivers who tailgate, and drivers who rubberneck and back up traffic.

What would you like your gravestone to say about you?  I plan on being cremated -- but otherwise it would say, “This is where Mark Dolan stopped last.”