Ann Lindstrom - November 2014

Hi Ann, thank you for allowing me to interview you. Where did you move to

Fountain Hills from?  When?

We moved here from Half Moon Bay, California in 2004. My parents had lived in Fountain Hills since 1985 and we had visited often. My mother was experiencing dementia and my husband and I wanted to be near her.  


Who is in your family?

My family consists of my husband, Brian, and our standard poodles, Beau and Fancy. I also have a lot of friends whom I consider my family.


How did you meet your husband?

I met Brian at a party in Minneapolis in 1978 but I didn’t like him. A few months later we connected over a game of Monopoly and I liked him a lot better. After our first date I told my mom that I met the man I wanted to marry and in 1981, I did.    


Did you pursue higher education and/or a career?

I have a Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College in art history. After graduation I worked in several different fields and finally realized I love teaching adults. I ended up in high-tech teaching and developing courses for 22 years.


What is something that people do not know about you?

I’ve had some interesting jobs: I ran a fish market in Saratoga Springs, New York and was a bra and girdle fitter for Power’s department store in Minneapolis. 


 What three words best describe you?

      Funny, curious, and friendly.


What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? The worst?

The two best pieces of advice were from my parents. My father had a career as an architect. Shortly before he died I showed him a picture of a new building.  He said, “I don’t like it but I’m not supposed to.” His point was that each generation rebels against the previous generation. We may not like what they do, but they are expressing new views on culture and art. When I find myself judging young people I remember what my dad said. My mother taught me that if someone says something that is discriminatory toward another group and you don’t say anything, then you are agreeing with them.

One rotten bit of advice I received was from a boss when I worked in retail: "You will never succeed unless you can act like a man.” I ignored it.


If you could live your life over again what would you do differently?

I wish I would have studied harder when I was young. I probably would have liked to pursue a different career involving animals such as zoology or veterinary science. I did think about being a veterinarian but somehow it didn’t seem like an option at the time. 


What first name would you prefer to have?

As a child I wanted to be named Sara but now I’m fine with Ann or Annie.


Do you have any collections?

I have a collection of my dad’s watercolor paintings. I also collect Christmas snow globes and some Christmas ornaments but I hope nobody gives me any because I already have too many.


What are the top three things on your bucket list?

  1. Go to Madagascar to see the lemurs.

  2. Go on a Canadian train trip from Vancouver to Banff.

  3. Go on a European river cruise.

How is your life different from how you imagined it as a child?

     I never imagined that I would be living in the desert.

 What event has caused the most profound impact in your life?

       It would have to be meeting Brian. It changed my career and gave me new                   perspectives on life.

 How would you like to be remembered?

       I would like to be remembered as a person who cared.