acoJim Thomas, executive director of the Mn-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Okla. (moved to Macon as an infant)
Family: Wife, Jo Thomas; son, Gordon, 23; daughter, Logan, 19.
Education: Mount de Sales Academy, 1974; University of Georgia, bachelor of landscape architecture, 1979, and a licensed architect.
Personal interests: I remain creative; I do water color, started some pastel work, an avid woodworker and reader, play guitar. Im a baseball fanatic -- Im a closet St. Louis fan -- but my wife and I follow the (Atlanta) Braves.
Favorite type of movies: I like period pieces. Some favorites are Barry Lyndon and 2001: A Space Odyssey. I like old movies. Im a sucker for John Wayne movies.
Books: Been reading lately a lot about early American history right after the Revolution up until 1812, and Ive been reading about Aaron Burr and (Thomas) Jefferson and how they didnt get along.
Cooking: I can cook a pretty mean peanut butter sandwich, and if I want a hot meal, I toast it. Jo is such a good cook, I dont do much cooking. I can cook a really good breakfast.
Most unusual thing youve done: While in college he and a friend ordered a hang glider from California. The first time they used it was on a gentle slope at Wesleyan College. We got it about 8-to-10 feet off the ground. It was way cool. Thomas hauled the glider around a few times as he moved, but I left it somewhere so an archeologist could find it in 200 years.