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Depending on your point of view, Archer Di Peppe is either the conscience of the Fredericksburg area or one of the region's most annoying residents.
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Q:What would you change about Fredericksburg if you could?
A:I would wish that the average person who lives here would come to understand that it matters very much how we grow. The next time you are inching your way down 3 west, or crawling down 610, or stopped on 17, think about how poor planning affects the quality of your life every day.
Q:What was the first concert that you attended, how old were you and what was it like?
A: When I was about 10 we went on a school trip to see a symphony orchestra play in an old theater in downtown Norfolk. It was an incredible concert. I sat on the edge of my seat most of the time. All of those people got together and created something very beautiful for a bunch of kids. It was the first time I understood how thrilling live music could be.
Q: What is the most interesting or amusing fact that you have heard lately.
A: Never get history confused with what happened. History is what the winner wanted you to believe.
Q: What is the best advice that anyone ever gave you? Briefly explain.
A: My father never actually said this to me, but he taught me something by the way he lived his life. Class had nothing to do with wealth and power. Class is not taking advantage of someone just because you can.
Q:Who would you take to lunch? Where would you go, and what would you eat and talk about?
A: I would have liked to meet Gandhi. He proved that a single person with enough moral courage could change not only himself and his community, but his country and his world. Gandhi survived for much of his life on lemon juice and groundnuts when he wasn't fasting. He liked to take long walks. So I guess I would take him over to Goolricks for homemade limeade and then walk down to the hill that overlooks the bend in the river near Fall Hill Ave. I would hope that he would teach me something about patience.
Q: What has been the best day in your life and why?
A: The two days that our children were born. My wife and children came through safely.