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Signature Memphis | September 2017

Photo by Steve Roberts

Carissa Hussong

Executive Director of the Metal Museum

Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Your Best Quality: Loyalty
First Car You Owned: 74 Dodge Dart
Favorite Southern Idiom: “Bless his heart”
Best Memphis Hangout: The Metal Museum, of course
Favorite Song: “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield
Where do you want to go that you haven’t been: Argentina
Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”:  The culture — the arts, the music, the food
A Nonliving Celebrity/Role Model You Would Invite to Dinner: David Bowie
Your Most Annoying Habit: Eating foods I am allergic to — sometimes I just can’t help it
Something You’ll Never Live Down: What happens in New Orleans, stays in New Orleans.
One Goal You’d Still Like to Accomplish: I would like the Metal Museum to be a place all Memphians know and visit regularly.
The Highlight of Your Day: At work, it is the unexpected gifts or compliments. At home, it is the quiet moments with family and friends.
Place You Go to Think: Unfortunately, I usually find clarity in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep.  Maybe I need to find a different place and time to think.
Proudest Moment of Your Life: I have two amazing daughters who continue to amaze me with their maturity, beauty and wisdom. I think my proudest moments are yet to come.
Your Lucky Charm: I don’t know why, but when I see a mockingbird in the morning, I always take it as a good omen for the day ahead. Fortunately, mockingbirds are quite common in Tennessee. Unfortunately, I am not a morning person and don’t notice much until the afternoon.
Who Would Play You in a Movie: I have no idea, but Stanton Thomas said Serena Joy in The Handmaid’s Tale reminds him of me. I am not sure how to take that — so maybe Yvonne Strahovski?  Although she is a little too young.  Neve Campbell and Linda Hamilton have also been suggested.
Best Advice You Ever Got: My father used to encourage me to try something scary by telling me “It’ll put hair on your chest.” I can assure you, he did not want me to grow hair on my chest, but he did want me to try something new despite any real or perceived obstacles I might encounter. It was a silly challenge, but one that worked just the same.