Hotline Profiles Landrigan

From their “Friday Feature“:

    Kevin Landrigan has been the political reporter at the NH Statehouse for the Nashua Telegraph since ’88. He’s covered every NH primary since ’80 for newspapers in NH and MA. After graduating with a public affairs/journalism degree from Keene State College, he wrote for eight years about the MA Legislature and two Dem GOVs for the Lowell Sun. He authors a weekly political column for the Sunday Telegraph and the Keene Sentinel and is a frequent contributor about politics for WMUR-TV in Manchester and NH Public TV. But today he’s our Friday Feature:

    What’s your most embarrassing on-the-job moment? (Or as embarrassing as you’d like to reveal?)

    In a crush of reporters and supporters at the Center of NH during the ’96 presidential campaign, I threw my back out because we were so shoehorned in on our haunches for about 90 minutes. I didn’t straighten out for the entire four-hour dinner and to this day I have to wear special running shoes because the orthopedist told me that while I had the rest of the body of a 38-year-old man, my blown out discs belonged on an 80-year-old. I got a lot of ribbing from activists I knew at that dinner. I don’t remember a word of what any of the nine candidates made but recall every brickbat I got.

    If you could interview any deceased person, who would it be and why?

    Ronald Reagan. I would want to know his observations he couldn’t utter once he had Alzheimer’s Disease. My most memorable interview was with him in late 1979. I was a fresh kid still in college at my first paper and figured the 7:30 a.m. interview I would blow him away with questions about the Salt II treaty or the war in Afghanistan that went on then too. Instead, he was lucid and after hitting every one of my questions out of the park, he asked about my background and could relate to someone who like him grew up in a small city where everyone knew everybody. He sent me one of his infamous, handwritten notes after that and regardless of politics, I treasure it to this day. …

    What’s your favorite comfort food?

    Rice Cakes, popcorn or cheese flavored.