If you had the chance to start from scratch and open a brand new business, what would it be?
LIZ SMITH: I would try my hand, in food-crazy America, at creating the Texas delicacy — chicken-fried steak — selling it from a handsome wagon with a special dispensation from Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ry Kelly to be relieved of health issues and to make life happier for New York workers at construction sites. (We might add mashed potatoes and creamed gravy and a mixed-green salad.)
Yeah! Yah! The “fried fat cops” might get after me, but what’s a little delicious larceny among friends?
MARY WELLS LAWRENCE: I have two possibilities I bounce back and forth. I would love to raise the money to create schools around America and the rest of the world that would teach young people to love life, to SEE it, to make the most of it and to appreciate other people’s lives. Or I would like to create schools for immigrants and people out of work that teach them technology, where more and more jobs will be. Or, if that is too heady for some of them, to create schools to teach others how to become fabulous butlers — because butlers make more money than anybody except bankers these days. (Just in Russia alone and the Caribbean there is an enormous shortage!)
JONI EVANS: I’d like to start an adoption business that could round up all the dogs that get put to sleep because they are homeless and distribute them to hospitals and old-age homes and widows and widowers where dogs would be helpful and uplifting. We would make sure the dogs were healthy enough for companionship, in good disposition, etc. and keep them in shelters or on farms where they would have fun while waiting. We’d eventually have a paid veterinary program, ”outpatient” services (rent a dog!), a doggymatch.com website, and find other ways to be profitable.