Where did you spend more of your time,
Dallas or Fort Worth?
"I spent most of my time in Fort Worth, because several months
after arriving at WFAA, I was transferred to the Fort Worth bureau.
But I'd go to Dallas a lot and frequently went to my favorite pizza
joint, Campisi's Egyptian, which is actually Italian. Rumor has it
the name comes from an old sign that was left over from the
restaurant that was there years before."
And what of the supposed rivalry between Dallas
and Fort Worth?
"I always thought the rivalry was amusing, because I've never known
two cities so close together with so much to offer. Both have
dramatic skylines and great cultural institutions."
Where would you go to get away from it
"I would head to the Fort Worth Water Gardens. It's probably one of
the greatest escapes in any major American city. No matter how much
chaos there was around me, I always felt like I was completely
removed from the city once I stepped inside. It was designed by the
incomparable Philip Johnson, and is made up of rushing water that
pours over large slabs of concrete and into enormous pools. It was
a wonderful place to relax, picnic, and watch the sun set while
listening to bubbling water. It's a great, unique oasis in the
middle of the city."
Where did you like to go to hear
"I saw some terrific musicians at the Bluebird Lounge, a blues club
in Fort Worth. But that's gone. For my classical music fix, I
played the cello with the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra. [Zahn began
playing at age five and went to Stephens College in Columbia,
Missouri, on a cello scholarship.] We had performances all over the
city. Since I left, a lot has happened on the performance front in
Dallas and Fort Worth. Both have world-class concert halls with
spectacular acoustics: the Meyerson, designed by I.M. Pei, in
Dallas, and the Bass Performance Hall in downtown Fort Worth."