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Q+A:

Professor Michael Green: Grading papers and eating chocolate — ‘decent!’

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Steve Marcus

Michael Green, a history professor at the College of Southern Nevada, responds to a questions during an interview at CSN Cheyenne Campus Monday, December 17, 2007.

With the close of 2013, here is the next in our series of Q&As with 13 prominent Nevada personalities, who were asked to answer 13 questions in 13 or fewer words.

Dr. Michael Green, professor, local historian and author

What person, living or dead, do you admire most?

Abraham Lincoln.

What is the quality you like best about a person?

Humor, honesty, integrity and caring.

What are you currently reading?

Final papers. What else would a professor read this time of year?

How do you prefer to get your news and literature — digital or hard copy?

Literature, hard copy. News, both. I like ink on my hands.

What is your most recognizable characteristic?

I hope honesty, humor and intelligence. Probably, though, my nose.

Which words or phrases do you overuse?

"Decent" and "basically," and cartoon catchphrases.

What makes you happy?

My wife, my friends, my family, work well done and chocolate.

What is your most prized possession?

My integrity, I hope.

What is your most embarrassing moment as a prominent figure?

Alphabetically or chronologically? Openly supporting people who I realized were using me.

If you could make up the Nevada state motto, what would it be?

All for our country, unless we have to pay taxes.

What is your greatest accomplishment in 2013?

Finishing writing a history of Nevada and winning a national teaching award.

Any regrets this past year?

Not getting more done, losing weight or learning the guitar.

What is your top priority moving into 2014?

Organizing. Cleaning my office and cat hair off my laptop — and everything else.

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