•  Both my parents were with the Free French in World War II. The Free French Forces (French: Forces françaises libres) were individuals or military units who joined “Free France” (la France libre), the resistance organization founded by Charles de Gaulle in London in 1940 to continue the struggle against the Axis powers.
  • Sagnier means salt gatherer. It’s an uncommon name everywhere except in Barcelona, Spain, where a civic center is named after me.
  • My sister, Isabelle Aboulker is probably the best-known writer of children’s opera in the world.
  • I was once detained by Spain’s Gardia Civil for sleeping in a vacant building.
  • My late uncle Jacques Février’s renditions of Ravel and Poulenc’s piano works are considered the best ever recorded.
  • I have an autographed photo of Gina Lollobrigida in my bathroom. It’s one of my prized possessions.
  • I worked at The Washington Post during Watergate and played guitar with Carl Bernstein of All the President’s Men fame.
  • I fell off a roof while playing Frisbee.
  • My favorite cartoonist is Richard Thompson, author of Cul de Sac. Richard had to stop drawing when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He is the author of the best worst quote on writing: “Immune to the indifference of the masses, the true artist pursues his or her art in bitterest solitude, compelled only by the irresistible pull of the creative impulse.”
  • I have been operated on nine times for bladder cancer. Now that’s a fun fact