By Rebecca Jampole
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday September 11, 2002
Pre-business sophomore won't dress like Uncle Sam, but loves U.S. flag, multi-colored parrots
WILDCAT: Do you think you are a very patriotic person?
THOMPSON: For the most part, yeah.
WILDCAT: What's your favorite patriotic song?
THOMPSON: The national anthem.
WILDCAT: Want to sing it for me?
THOMPSON: No, thanks.
WILDCAT: Do you have an uncle named Sam?
WILDCAT: How much would I have to pay you to come to school tomorrow dressed as Uncle Sam ÷ with the red white and blue pants, suspenders and the big old hat.
THOMPSON: I don't really do that kind of stuff.
WILDCAT: Is that going overboard with patriotism?
THOMPSON: Yeah, well, I don't know; that's just not the type of person I am. I really don't dress up weird.
WILDCAT: What would you think of someone who did?
THOMPSON: They would blow me out of the water if they did it.
WILDCAT: Are you going to any of the services tomorrow commemorating those lost on Sept. 11?
THOMPSON: I'll go to something over on the Mall. I'm sure they will be out there all day.
WILDCAT: Do you have a flag?
WILDCAT: Did you get it right after Sept. 11?
THOMPSON: No, I've always had one. My family is pretty patriotic.
WILDCAT: What is your favorite thing about being an American?
THOMPSON: I'm free. I can do whatever I want. Nothing is limiting you but yourself. There are ways to overcome a lot.
WILDCAT: What if the government decided that the bald eagle needed a friend, what do you think our other national bird should be?
THOMPSON: I don't know. A parrot.
WILDCAT: A red, white and blue parrot?
THOMPSON: Yeah, something all colorful.