Dick Wolf Doesn’t Yell As Much As He Used To

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Name: Dick Wolf
Age: 62
Occupation: Producer, genius behind the Law & Order franchise, the original flavor of which begins its twentieth season (!) on NBC this Friday, September 25, at 8 p.m., Daily Intel Hero for Life.
Neighborhood: Upper East Side

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead?
Babe Ruth. Most home runs and most strikeouts. You can't hit if you don't swing.

What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
Lutece, 1976.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
One of my daughters had a really good answer when asked the same question when she was 6: "He talks on the phone and yells at people" — same deal now except I don't yell as much.

What's the last thing you saw on Broadway?
Hair.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
Depends on the panhandler.

What's your drink?
Vodka.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Breakfast every day.

What's your favorite medication?
Synthroid.

What's hanging above your sofa?
A Primaticcio.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
$100.

When's bedtime?
Too late.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
Times Square 1959.

What do you think of Donald Trump?
Donald gets it. I turned a show into a brand. He turned himself into a brand.

Who is your mortal enemy?
A.C. Nielsen.

How has the economic downturn affected your life?
I worry a lot more about my kids' futures.

Times, Post or Daily News?
"Page Six," then the Times.

Where do you go to be alone?
My boat.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
Optimism.