5: Meet Allen Loibner-Waitkus

Outspoken and hilarious, Allen Loibner-Waitkus's storytelling capabilities have helped him instill a love of writing, journalism and photography in his students. His father, a former educator himself, once told him, "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story." Had I not been witness to many of his stories in the making, I'd be convinced they never happened.


1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Allen Loibner-Waitkus, professor of English, 12, Hillcrest.

2. What is your guilty pleasure? Gorging on fruitcake once a year. Any more than that and the mood turns ugly. 

3. Between teaching at a college and being the director of the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association, I'd say you have a fair amount of influence of the minds of our budding youth. Do you dispense a lot of advice? I only give two pieces of advice: How to correctly pronounce poinsettia and not to overuse exclamation points and semicolons.

4. When friends visit from out of town, where do you take them? To eat: Loca Luna. To drink: Pizza D's. To tour: The Clinton Library. If they wake up early enough, I'll drag them with me to 10 Fitness.

5. You were born and bred in Saline County and then spent four years in Austin, Tex., while completing your undergraduate degree -- two very contrasting places. What about living in LR has surprised you the most? It's next to impossible to find anything that's open 24 hours a day. Also, I like the Mexican food at Senior Tequila in Little Rock better than any of the Mexican food in Austin.