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Five Questions for Buddy Levy

by Guy McCardle

February 6, 2012

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Donate Hopefully you have already read and/or listened to my recent piece on one of my favorite shows, History Channel's Decoded. If you haven't, go do so now. I'll wait. If you've watched Brad Meltzer's Decoded, you'll certainly remember Buddy Levy. He's the down to Earth, no-nonsense, supremely likable member of the investigative trio (nothing against the two others, they have their own super powers).

In addition to his TV gig, Buddy is a prolific author and journalist plus he holds a position as a clinical professor of English at Washington State University. His latest book, River of Darkness, is a must-read. What I like most about Buddy, and why I invited him to answer a few questions for our readers, is the fact that he is not afraid to ask the questions that bring us all one step closer to the truth. He has listened to some very outrageous stories on the show and I don't recall him once rolling his eyes. His unmitigated respect for all parties involved in the show should teach us all something about how to get to the heart of a story.

Without further ado, I present to you Mr. Buddy Levy.

1. Q. If you could be alive in any historical time period, which period would you choose? A. Early to mid 19th Century-during the time of the Mountain men and just before the great westward exodus.

2. Q. What one tech item can't you live without? A. Iphone. Must. Have. Now.

3. Q. What is your favorite book? A. Wow, just ONE??? I guess ... The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway or ... River of Darkness by Buddy Levy!

4. Q. Are you optimistic about the future of science? A. Very much so. I'm optimistic that science will help humans eradicate some of the very problems we're creating—like overpopulation, pollution, global warming, water issues.

5. Q. Why do some smart people think weird things? A. I think ALL smart people think weird things— because their brains are hardwired differently than "average" people and the synapses are ALWAYS firing with innovative, creative, and visionary thoughts.

Buddy lives in northern Idaho with his wife Camie, his children Logan and Hunter, and two black Labs. You can visit his personal website here.

by Guy McCardle

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