Meet Candace Schaefer

Interviews conducted at Anderson’s Café in Newport News

Name: Candace Schaefer

Residence: Newport News

How long have you lived in Hampton Roads? Since August of ’96.

What’s the best dessert you have ever had? I think it depends on the mood I’m in at the time. Desserts take on different personas. I like different desserts at different times. When it’s cold I like to eat Anderson’s bread pudding. It’s a gigantic serving. I split it in half and eat it with a nice cup of tea.

What is a scent that brings back memories? Old Spice. It was my daddy’s cologne.

What is your favorite piece of jewelry? My cross necklace. I’ve been wearing it for the last 37 years. It’s the last thing my brother gave me.

Name something you have made. I have inspired others. I have shown others they have the ability to learn and grow and realize their dreams. I tutored a girl for her GED. She just graduated last week and is now a physical therapist.

What is your best memory from high school? My dad giving me my junior ring and he gave one to my friend whose father passed away. He became her daddy so she wouldn’t feel fatherless and would feel special.

Describe your first kiss. It was in high school, and I was in New York at that time. The boy’s school was paired up with the girl’s school. We went to see a play in New York City. The kid who was next to me leaned over and gave me a kiss. He was facing me and we did that thing where you arch up and do the peck. I never wanted to brush my teeth. I was completely over the moon. It happened in front of my father and the principal of the school who never let me forget that.

What was your favorite childhood TV show? Superman and The Little Rascals. I used to watch The Little Rascals before school in the morning and Superman before my dad came home from work.

Name something embarrassing that you own. A stuffed animal my dad gave to me when I was in Korea for a year. He bought it and said it was my friend. That was in 1995. I still have it.

What is your favorite commercial? The one where the little dog with a bone can’t sleep because he wants to keep his bone safe. He puts it in the bank but still can’t sleep so he goes back to the bank and takes it out. The funny thing is that you have no idea what the commercial is for, but you want him to have that bone.

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