Dr. Kathy Sullivan - Our Original Sky Walker


Once a month, C Magazine sits down with a prominent Columbus figure to discuss how they spend their time out of the office and between paychecks. This month, we sat down with Dr. Kathy Sullivan, CEO of COSI and the first American woman to ever walk in space.

C Magazine: How’s the view from space?
Dr. Sullivan: The first glimpse literally takes your breath away. Then it’s continually mesmerizing.

C Magazine: Have you ever had any “Close Encounters?”
Dr. Sullivan: Only with the occasional oddball crewmate.

C Magazine: Describe yourself in a sentence.
Dr. Sullivan: Continually curious.

C Magazine: Which actor would you like to see portray you if your life were turned into a movie?
Dr. Sullivan: Jodie Foster. I’m told by someone who knows us both we’re a lot alike.

C Magazine: What are the similarities between the deep sea and outer space?
Dr. Sullivan: You’re in a physical environment that would kill you if you didn’t have advanced technology, and you will be killed if you fail to operate the advanced technology correctly. But being there seems somehow natural.

C Magazine: What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done?
Dr. Sullivan: According to the statistics, drive on a freeway.

C Magazine: Is science fun?
Dr. Sullivan: Absolutely! It’s challenging fun with important benefits to our world.

C Magazine:
Favorite kind of music?
Dr. Sullivan: Classical & jazz

C Magazine: Favorite science-fiction movie?
Dr. Sullivan: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

C Magazine: Sexier alien: E.T. or Alf?
Dr. Sullivan: What’s option 3?

C Magazine: Favorite place to dine in Columbus?
Dr. Sullivan: The original Cameron’s on Linworth.

C Magazine: Where’s the farthest place you’ve been from home, on earth?
Dr. Sullivan: Antarctica

C Magazine: And finally, what is the last piece of advice you would give the young explorers of tomorrow?
Dr. Sullivan: Dream, dare and persevere. Reach for your star.