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, Sky and The Knack.
This has included making some music available digitally for the first time via his label, Zen Records.
“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 she deserved.
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.