A Sprenkle of Germany

Published 1:22 am Saturday, July 30, 2011

Editor’s note: Fifty Plus is a weekly feature that provides a look at area senior citizens, their background and their life experiences. Fifty Plus prospects are asked to fill out a questionnaire concerning their lives.

Erika Sprenkle

This week’s Fifty Plus takes a look at Erika Sprenkle of Washington. Sprenkle is “not from around here” as some local folks like to say. She lists I Can’t Believe It’s a Book Store in downtown Washington as one of her interests. She describes herself as politically conservative. Currently, she’s not working, perhaps retired.
Where are you from originally?
Bremerhaven, Germany.
When did you move here? Why?
1988. Husband’s job.
To what clubs/church do you belong?
First Church of Christ. Washington Business and Career Women.
Education (list schools, starting with high school)
Kornerschule, Kaufmannische Lehranstalten, some college.
If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing?
Be at work.
If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
Take a trip to Germany, and figure out what to do with the rest.
What is the thing most people don’t know about you?
I’m not telling.
What is your favorite food?
Rolladen (a German beef dish).
What’s the last book you read?
Can’t remember.
What is your favorite TV show?
What is your pet peeve?
Too many to list — politics tops the list.
What’s the best advice you ever received and who gave it to you?
My  mother, but can’t think of anything specific right now.
What’s the biggest difference between life as a senior as opposed to below age 30?
More life experiences to live by.
Compiled by Mike Voss

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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