Getting To Know ...

Getting To Know ...


David Baldacci is a bestselling writer whose most recent book is "Freddy and the French Fries." He was recently appointed to the Board of Visitors at Virginia Commonwealth University by Gov. Mark Warner (D). He serves as a national ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and founded his own family foundation for literacy, the Wish You Well Foundation. He is a Virginia native currently residing in Vienna, and he is this week's People Profile.

Years in the Community: Nine years in Vienna/Oakton.

Family: I am married with two children.

Education: I received a bachelor's of arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a juris doctorate from the University of Virginia.

Achievements: Ten years as a lawyer in Washington, D.C., 10 national and international bestselling novels with 45 million copies in print worldwide. I have a new children's book series, "Freddy and the French Fries."

Activities/interests/hobbies: Reading, collecting signed books, tennis and water sports. Being a fan of my kids' sports and musical activities, painting and drawing.

Favorite local restaurant or place: Bonoratti Italian Restaurant on Route 123.

Community concerns: Like everyone else, I am concerned about traffic on Hunter Mill Road. I think making bike paths along the shoulders of Hunter Mill Road, creating pedestrian islands along the route, keeping speed limits low but keeping traffic moving at optimal levels are primary goals, and might be a start to improvements. Also, there's a concern with residential housing overdevelopment. If there's a square inch of grass, some developer will find it. We need to hold developers more accountable in building supporting

infrastructure for all these homes.

What brought you to Vienna? My wife found our house while I was in Spain. She faxed the plans to my hotel in Madrid and told me she wouldn't buy it until I got home. We both love the calm, the convenience, seeing the horses mosey up and down the roads. Our backyard especially is our oasis.

Community hidden treasure: The amazing number and quality of the parks in the area, and the community spirit and pride that people have here.

Personal goals: Enjoy my family, keep writing, continue my efforts with literacy and my other charitable endeavors through my family foundation and have fun — because tomorrow is promised to no one.