Eddie Friedman - Arrested Development


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 Smith Tandy CEO and developer Eddie Friedman.

C Magazine: If you weren’t a CEO, what would you be doing?
Eddie Friedman: The thoughts of “Money For Nothing and Chicks For Free” has always been intriguing or perhaps a towel boy in a Spanish bordello. But I’m too old for all that now, so at this stage in my life: learning to sail, so I could do that solo trip around the world.

C Magazine: How have you stayed married for 32 years?
Eddie: Two words; “Yes dear.”

C Magazine: What do you think about a downtown casino for Columbus?
Eddie: Probably a bad idea. Too many people would be tempted to do what they can least afford. Good for the treasury, bad for the citizens.

C Magazine: What CD is in your car stereo right now?
Eddie: Tom Waits: Small Change

C Magazine: If you had to paint your face as a member of KISS for Office KISS Day, who would you be?
Eddie: Gene Simmons, because he’s the only one I know. There aren’t too many Israeli rock stars.

C Magazine: Which actor would you like to see portray you if your life were turned into a movie?
Eddie: Denzel Washington.

C Magazine: Favorite Mel Brooks movie?
Eddie: History Of The World, because I, too, believe there were originally 15 Commandments.

C Magazine: Finally, what was the last thing you had to evict someone for?
Eddie: There was a guy who was starting a small zoo, and it smelled like a large zoo.