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Scott Thorne, owner of Castle Perilous in Carbondale.

Scott Thorne was born in Washington State but moved to Oklahoma, then Missouri in the mid-1970s. He worked for Wal-Mart for a decade after graduating from Northeast Missouri State University and had the opportunity to meet Sam Walton several times. In 1990, he left the company to pursue his Master of Business Administration at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. After completing his master’s degree he pursued a Ph.D from the SIUC. He is a two-degree Saluki. With some extra money he saved from working with Wal-Mart, he opened Castle Perilous Games & Books (the name is taken from both the King Arthur legends and a board game he played a lot at the time). The store started in a small suite on the second floor of the Island Building on South University in Carbondale and slowly grew to take over most of the floor. Meanwhile Scott took a position in the marketing and management department at Southeast Missouri State in 1999, which he still holds. Castle Perilous Games & Books out grew the Island location and moved to the new location on West Main in 2007.

1. What is your current state of mind? Optimistic

2. What is your favorite avocation/hobby? Reading, either books on marketing or 1940s murder mysteries.

3. Which living person do you most admire? Bill Gates. I find his desire to give away almost all of his fortune for the betterment of humanity quite impressive.

4. What is your most treasured possession? Animate? My cats Lafayette and Greymalkin. Inanimate? A photo of my mother and father.

5. When and where were you happiest? Right here, right now. I’d hate to think my happiest times were behind me and I have no certain idea what the future holds.

6. What is your most obvious characteristic? Height. I stand about 6’3” so while not tall enough (or skilled enough) for sports, I do tend to stand out (up?) in most crowds.

7. What boardgame do you hate the most? Hate is kind of a strong word. Since I own a boardgame store, I really don’t hate any boardgames. I am not a big fan of ones that rely on complete random results like Sorry or those that require you to lie like Werewolf.

8. What is the trait you most dislike in others? Casual obscenity. I find it quite grating to hear F*** treated as an adjective in conversation.

9. What is your greatest extravagance? Books, more books and still more books.

10. What famous artist, dead or alive, would you want to paint your portrait? I don’t even care for having my photo made but if I had to choose one, Fredric Edwin Church, one of the artists of the Hudson River School of the 19th Century, not so much because of his ability to paint portraits but because the landscape in the background would be amazing.

11. What is your favorite journey? A drive along Route 66, the Mother Road, especially when you can get off the interstate. I really want to make it all the way from Chicago to Los Angeles one of these days.

12. Which words or phrases do you over-use most? “Cool”. I really do need to think of a different interjection that doesn’t involve obscenity.

13. If you could start a collection of one kind of item, what would it be? Route 66 memorabilia. However, the collecting would be much more enjoyable than the possession.

14. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? Time Travel. I would love to be able to go back and learn what happened to Judge Crater or who Jack the Ripper was or hear Lincoln speak or listen to Plato.

15. What was your favorite color or Crayola crayon growing up? Burnt Sienna because I always read it at Burnt Sierra and thought naming a color after a mountain range was pretty neat.

16. What bad habit do you have that you know you need to break, but don't really want to? Diet Mountain Dew. I should quit but really like the taste.

17. What do you value most in your friends? Cheerfulness and/or optimism.

18. What song would you sing for your American Idol audition? Monster’s Holiday, badly ( I used to sing it when I worked at a dude ranch and guests wondered if I knew I was tone deaf. The answer is yes.)

19. If you were to die and come back as a person or animal, what do you think it would be? A better person, I hope.

20. What is your personal motto? Change what you can improve, accept what you cannot and have the wisdom to know the difference.



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