Mar 16, 2015
Growing up in Oak Park, Mich., Beth Fieger Falkenstein was often outshined
by her outspoken older brothers, Geoffrey, and Doug. She learned early
to speak up and fight for her share of the spotlight. Today, Beth is a
television writer in L.A. for sitcoms like
Mad About You, and manages her late brother Doug’s music catalog, preserving the
vast archives he recorded solo and with his bands,
This has included making some music available digitally for the first
time via his label,
“I am especially proud of releasing the two albums he recorded on
RCA in 1970 with his first band, Sky,” Beth says.
Here, Geoff’s little sister reveals the sense of humor she cultivated
“growing up in the shadow of giants.”
What is your favorite color?
Olive Green. Any shade. Even “split pea.”
What is your favorite song?
I have a strong affinity for “My Sharona.” (But it’s not even my favorite Knack song! Don’t tell anyone.)
What is your favorite restaurant?
Dairy Queen. Blizzards rule!
Who is your favorite Detroit celebrity?
Other than my brothers? I think it’s time Rita Bell got the recognition
Where is your favorite place to be?
On Earth. Above ground.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Have you ever seen a cat sleeping in the sun? That.