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NORWAY — Growing up in Maine and managing sales at Allen’s Auto, Stephanie Allen of Norway, is only afraid of two things, bad attitudes, and people you can’t trust.
Q: Where were you born and where were you brought up?
A: Born in Norway, Maine. I grew up in Albany and Paris, Maine.
Q: Do you have any siblings?
A: I have two younger brothers, Normand and Jonathan.
Q: What was your childhood like?
A: I enjoyed life in the country playing softball and football, and riding bikes with cousins and neighborhood friends. I went to summer camp for seven or eight years and made a lot of good friends there. My dad was a Marine in World War II, then a mechanic and car dealer. My mother was a bookkeeper and homemaker.
Q: Was there anything you wanted to be when you grew up?
A: I’d always wanted to work for the FBI. But then someone told me I would have to cut my hair, so I said, “No thank you.”
Q: Did you get into mischief or play pranks?
A: Rarely, although my parents may disagree, and they will… because I just remembered a few things.
Q: What have you had for jobs?
A: I was a private secretary at a new car dealership, a hospital dietitian, and now a manager and sales person at Allen’s Auto.
Q: What do you consider your relationship status to be?
A: Married to Peter, the bass-fisherman.
Q: Anyone ever said you look like someone famous?
A: Yes, but I’d rather not say who.
Q: Have you done much traveling?
A: I’ve been to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Nova Scotia, and all over the USA including Hawaii. I’d love to return to Europe and Hawaii someday.
Q: Do you have any heroes?
A: Abe Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and Michael Lambden.
Q: Do you have any life goals you’d like to accomplish?
A: I’d like to spend more time with my family and friends, to travel more, and someday maybe have an in-ground pool. But, if I could perform miracles, my goal would be to end all abuse – child, animal, and domestic.
Q: Do you collect anything or have a hobby?
A: I collect postcards. My interests are many – traveling, swimming, photography, music, reading, puzzles, animal rescue, gardening, antiquing, just to name a few.
Q: What is the last book you read?
A: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I’m not reading The Hidden Life of Dogs by E.M. Thomas.
Q: What subject do you wish you knew more about?
A: Technology, and I’d like to learn how to play the guitar.
Q: What is the one thing you would not give up?
A: My freedom, family, friends, and my animals.
Q: What is the one thing you would happily do over again?
A: Having my family and adopting my animals.
Q: Do you have any or want children?
A: I have two sons, and a daughter, two stepsons, and a step daughter.
Q: What would you like people to know about you?
A: I hate animal abuse, I’m patriotic, and I appreciate God’s unconditional love … he puts up with a lot.
Q: Last day on earth, what would you do and with whom?
A: I’d spend my last day at a lake side cottage at a resort with family and friends.
Q: If anyone could walk in right now, whom would you most like to see?
A: All my grandparents, Mom Allen, cousin Dana, and my friend Doris.
Q: Any regrets?
A: Many! But to name one, wasting time.
Q: What is the most challenging part of your day?
A: Trying to squeeze in forty-eight hours of work in a twenty-four hour day.
Q: What scares you the most?
A: Bad attitudes, and people you can’t trust.
Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
A: Probably right here, selling vehicles, but my dream would be to do a lot more traveling besides Europe, anywhere tropical. Or have a cottage on the water where I could spend all summer swimming, catching rays, and reading … If I don’t have that in-ground pool.
Q: What was the best memory this interview brought back?
A: My childhood and the traveling I’ve done.