Local Celebrity Spotlight: Ward Scott

wardscott1A teacher by trade with over forty years of experience in the classroom. A Professor Emeritus Santa Fe College English Professor, recipient of the Santa Fe College Lifetime Achievement Award, four-term Santa Fe College Senate President, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, 2002, NISOD EXCELLENCE AWARD IN TEACHING AND LEADERSHIP, University of Texas, 2008, Finalist Florida Association of Community Colleges Teacher of the Year, 2007.

Retired from classroom teaching and is now the talk show host for The Ward Scott Files, a live call-in talk show sponsored by MARC RADIO and broadcast on 101.7 Hank FM and 980 AM, the voice of North Central Florida News Radio. Scott has been on the air with MARC radio as The Ward Scott Files since September 2013.

Where are you from and when did you move to Alachua and why?

Born in Columbia, South Carolina. Moved from Gainesville to Alachua in 2001.

How do you relax?

Watch my cattle graze in the pasture at sundown at Windy Hill Farm in Alachua.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

I always look forward to skiing in the Colorado Rockies and an annual trip to the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament.

What gadget and/or app can’t you live without?

Martini Shaker, Wine Opener and the Drudge Report.

What was your first job?

Hoeing beans and feeding chickens.

What is in your fridge?

Chocolate Ice Cream.

What has your best financial investment been?

Real Estate such as commercial, residential and farm land.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Foul deeds will rise though all the earth overwhelm them to men’s eyes.” Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2, line 256.

Who inspired you as a child?

My mother. She taught me to read even before I went to kindergarten and to memorize nursery rhymes. She taught me my love of the English language.

What is your favorite thing to do locally?

Brown’s restaurant on 441 in Alachua on pork chop Thursday.

What type of music do you listen to?

My 104 year old mother when she plays the piano, particularly when she plays the church songs I first heard sung in the country church choirs of my childhood. It makes me feel so good, like maybe the world will be all right after all.

What is your favorite movie?

It is difficult to pick one: The Sound of Music, The Phantom of the Opera, A Clockwork Orange, Apocalypse Now and Dr. Strangelove

What drives you crazy?

As my grandmother used to say, my mother’s mother, people who like to talk to “hear their heads rattle.”

What is your favorite meal?

Cheeseburger and french fries. What else is there?

What have you always wanted to do but never done?

Finish something I start.

What was your first car and what do you drive now?

A white, 1956 two door six cylinder Ford sedan with a stick shift that had no air conditioning. Drove it to Ft. Lauderdale in the early sixties for Spring Break. Now I drive a manly Ford F 150 with four wheel drive complete with the big Triton engine.

Ward’s First Car: 1956 Ford

Ward’s First Car: 1956 Ford