2016-10-20 / Life in Leelanau

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Scott Craig


SCOTT CRAIG first saw Leelanau County during the cherry blossom, and was hooked for life. SCOTT CRAIG first saw Leelanau County during the cherry blossom, and was hooked for life. Name: Scott Craig

Town or township of residence: Leland

Resident of county since: I first came in 1963, bought my first house in ‘68, and I would say I’ve been full time for maybe a dozen years.

Age and birthplace: Age is 82, and birth place is Columbus, Ohio. I went to college in Ohio but not Ohio State, and I went to grad school in Illinois.

Occupation: Retired television producer and director.

Marital status: Carol Bawden, and she is the owner of the Painted Bird in Suttons Bay. She’s been in business for 28 years. That’s unusual.

You live in Leelanau County because: When I first came here, it was a trip over Memorial Day weekend, bringing a wife and new baby to stay with a friend in Northport. The cherries were in full bloom, and the skies were blue and the lakes were shimmering. We began renting for a couple of years, and then we bought.

Last good movie you saw: I suppose it was “Sully.” I thought it was a wonderfully told story, and Tom Hanks was really good in it. And I admire the real Sully for what he did.

Last good book you read: “In the Kingdom of Ice,” by Hampton Sides. It’s about a failed voyage in an attempt to reach the North Pole in the 1890’s. And I’m finishing “Truman” by David McCullough. It’s well researched.

If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would that be: I think my great grandfather Scott Camp, who owned and ran the family farm in Ohio. Eighty acres, which today would be a small farm. And it was a land grant signed by Madison because my family fought in the War of 1812. They also fought in the Revolution.

Things important to you that you have accomplished so far: I have a wonderful wife, Carol, and two wonderful daughters, and four grandchildren, and I’m proud of the career I had.

What you hope to be doing in 10 years: I hope I’m around, and I really enjoy writing. I would like to still be doing the radio program, and that’s The Story Next Door on WTCM AM, and enjoying my grandchildren.

Things you lose sleep over: I’m concerned about the world situation. Terrorism scares me.

If you could change one thing in Leelanau County, it would be: I’d have more civilized local government.

Favorite dessert: I like desserts more than I should. I made an apple cake last night that was really good, with Honeycrisp apples from Leelanau County.

Are you a coffee drinker: Yes, I am. Two cups of black coffee a day in the morning.

Favorite place in Leelanau County: My home, right here in Leland, looking over Lake Michigan and the islands.

If you have more time, you would: I’ve got a lot of time, because I’m retired. But maybe some more travel. We’ve been to France and to Scotland, but we’d like to go to Italy. I’ve been all over the world working, but not for fun.

The words that best describe you are: People mistake me for a younger Robert Redford all the time.

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