The 1828 Project is one of our signature programs at IndyHub and each year it’s full of incredible leaders between the ages of 18 and 28. Addison is a part of 1828’s Class VI. We sent him some questions. He responded. Keep reading to learn more about Addison!
It varies, but I typically listen to the Bill Press Show or Bob and Tom Show in the morning until I arrive at AARP Indiana, where I work. As one of two Directors of Community Engagement at AARP Indiana, I work with volunteers and community partners to promote and advance issues such as caregiving, fraud protection, financial security, and local livability. In the evening, I’m either making dinner with my partner or we’re grabbing dinner at one of our favorite restaurants (mostly the latter).
Where are you originally from?
Indianapolis, IN – more specifically, Washington Township, near 62nd Street and Allisonville Road.
What is your favorite Indy spot?
Half Price Books at 86th and Ditch Road. It’s my third place, a one-stop shop for everything I love: music, films, magazines, and books. I’ve been going to that particular store since I was about 13 when I first started seriously buying/collecting music. I’m partial to the free coffee too.
How do you typically travel around the city?
I try to mostly bus to work now, but also bike and drive. I’m trying to minimize driving alone as to work much as possible. For just getting around, I usually drive my 2000 Buick LeSabre or bike. I walk to places whenever I can, but that’s closely correlated with how often I ride the bus.
If you could have coffee with anyone, living or not, who would it be and why? (Bonus points for which Indy coffee joint you’d take them to!)
I would get coffee with Ralph Nader and let him do most of the talking. It’s safe to say that my generation mostly knows him for his role in the 2000 Presidential Election and the ensuing slander. I wouldn’t believe the hype though. A starter kit to better understand his cultural significance would include the 2007 documentary “An Unreasonable Man,” “The Ralph Nader Reader,” and his podcast “The Ralph Nader Radio Hour.” I would take him to Neidhammer Coffee, which is my favorite.
Thinking forward to the next 5 years in Indy, what are you most excited about for the future?
Well, on a personal level, I’m excited to buy a house and own a dog. I would be remiss not to include the enhanced IndyGo transit system and its impact on neighborhoods, given I spent the first three years of my career advocating for it. On a more macro level, I’m looking forward to public and private efforts that make Indianapolis a more livable and a more compassionate place to live for all.
If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be and why?
- My Fender Jazzmaster electric guitar, because playing guitar is my hobby numero uno and it was the first big purchase I saved for when I was 15.
- I bought this non-electric toothbrush from Good Earth almost three years ago, in which the bristles can be replaced without throwing away the entire thing. I love it.
- My copy of “Valentines From Matahari” by the Sun City Girls. I had to choose an album since they’re my most treasured possessions and this is one that I would never sell.
- My MAC book? I mean let’s be real. I use it a lot.
- I inherited this Americana-western watch from my Grandpa Pollock around four years ago. It has these turquoise stones on it. I don’t wear it all the time, but I love classic country music and my grandpa.
If you won the lottery, what would you do with your winnings?
I’ve definitely been asked this on a job application. Honestly, I would invest most of it and buy a house. Possibly buy a property on a lake front, too. I would also start a fund with the Central Indiana Community Foundation and find other avenues to invest in the community.
Are you reading anything interesting right now?
“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. It offers common-sense advice that yields big results. I find I need to constantly improve my ability to converse and network with others. I’m also reading “Lunar Park” by Bret Easton Ellis. I never make enough time to read though.
Would you rather visit the world 100 years in the past or 100 in the future and why?
I would travel 100 years in the future. Back to the Future II has always been my favorite of the series. Even though we’ve passed October 21, 2015, it’s probably still worth exploring!