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Peter Likins
President of the University of Arizona
By Nathan Tafoya
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday November 24, 2003
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UA president used scholarship to buy ring for his wife, prefers Batman to Superman

Wildcat: My name's Nathan and you're On the Spot. Dr. Likins do you tango?

Likins: Do I tango? No, I don't.

Wildcat: Do you dance at all?

Likins: I love to dance. I met my wife at a dance when I was 13 and I've been dancing with her for 54 years.

Wildcat: Where did you propose to your wife? At a restaurant? In a field?

Likins: You know, it's funny; my girl and I were serious in high school and we just kind of always knew we'd get married. So there was never a proposal. I gave her an engagement ring the night before my 18th birthday how old are you, my friend?

Wildcat: 22.

Likins: OK. Think about it. I gave her a ring a ring I bought with a scholarship. I got a lot of scholarships, so I had used my scholarship money to buy my girl a ring.

Wildcat: Do you guys have a favorite song? You said "My Girl" like the Temptations? Do you listen to anything new, like Dr. Dre, Eminem, System of a Down, Modest Mouse?

Likins: No, I don't know who any of those groups are today. I've always been a serious, hardworking guy. Not very much fun to write about, actually

Wildcat: (mumbling) Your um do

Likins: I have an interesting family; I don't know if you know that. I have six adopted kids. It's a multiracial family, so it's been an adventure of my life that people find unusual about me.

Wildcat: If you could compare Batman to Superman, who would be your favorite?

Likins: I guess I'm more a Batman type than a Superman type.

Wildcat: I like Superman because he doesn't have to have all those gadgets.

Likins: Well, Superman is less human than Batman, you know?

Wildcat: Another thing I have against Superman too is that he didn't have enough guts to he loved Lois, but he didn't say anything about it. I guess I have that problem too, but

Likins: Your Superman is a movie. My Superman is a comic book. You have to remember I'm 67 years old so my whole world view is different.



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