PHOENIX - It isn’t always the big events that make us turn our head when we hear about politicians, celebrities and athletes.
Sometimes, we just want to know that when you boil it down, they’re all people like us.
What's in their fridge? What are they reading? What do they do in their off time?
Each Tuesday, ABC15.com is asking the same 10 questions of an Arizona leader or celebrity.
But don't jump to any conclusions, these aren't the typical interview questions.
They are not meant to be probing or controversial. Instead, they're questions that let you get to know the person – in ways you probably don’t already.
This week, we're hearing from outspoken Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio calls himself "America's Toughest Sheriff" and is the man in charge of Arizona's infamous "tent city" jail.
Sheriff Arpaio was first elected Maricopa County Sheriff in 1992 and citizens re-elected him in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.
Arpaio served in the United States Army from 1950-1954 before being honorably discharged.
Following his military career, Arpaio became a police officer in Washington D.C. He spent only months on the job before spending the next 25 years as an appointed special agent with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, which later became part of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Sheriff Arpaio said he has no plans of retiring even though he celebrated his 78th birthday on Monday, June 14th. He and his wife, Ava, have two children and four grandchildren. He considers his wife his best gift. Read more:
10 Questions for Sheriff Joe Arpaio
1. What's in your iPod?
I don’t own one, but enjoy listening to "My Way” by Frank Sinatra.
2. What's the best gift you ever got?
Marrying my wife, Ava, 53 years ago.
3. What do you consider your greatest success?
Being elected sheriff.
4. Did you ever have a nickname? If so, what was it and what did it mean?
I have a lot of nicknames that are not so nice, given to me by certain politicians and others who don’t believe in my position. But the one nickname I like is…Sheriff Joe.
5. What is your all-time favorite movie?
6. If you could have dinner with any three people living or dead who would they be?
My late father, my wife and my mother who died in child birth while having me.
7. What is in your fridge right now?
The fridge is my wife’s property, but I know there’s ice cream in it.
8. What is the last book you read?
My book, “Joe’s Law”
9. What do you consider your greatest regret?
I have no major regrets. I took the blows and did it my way.
10. What's your favorite thing to do in Arizona?
I have no hobbies because I work all the time. I do enjoy watching movies, though.
Who will get profiled next week? Check back for a new "10 Questions" each Tuesday here on ABC15.com.
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