These love birds & industry pros are launching their own shopping channel, Gemistry! Their debut show is tonight on Friday, 8/23, 9pm-12am ET (read all about it here including where to watch) and they still squeezed in 20 Questions with us! Enjoy getting to know Paul & Judy more personally, friends! Thank you for playing, Paul & Judy! We are sooo excited for you!
1. What should every person try at least once in their life?
Paul: Travel to a foreign country. You meet interesting people along the way, learn a lot, and get a better perspective of having the privilege of living in the USA
Judy: Getting a massage. Ahhh……
2. What brings you the greatest joy?
Paul: Spending time with Judy Crowell-which is pretty much every day. I have a lot of joy!
Judy: Being with, and traveling the world, with Paul. We’re great travel buddies, and we both love new adventures. When I was little, my grandmother would read me stories of very curious ‘Bunnybears’ who loved to explore. She would always say “And remember, adventures are for Bunnybears.” What exactly are Bunnybears, you ask? The answer: Judy and Paul! 😁
3. What brings you the greatest satisfaction?
Paul: Watching our kids graduate college and prosper in the working world. I have always felt the responsibility of a parent is to train your kids not to need you.
Judy: My home. Poor thing has been through a LOT! A lot of paint, a new roof (no more leaks, YAY!), a new living room floor (Hurricane Irma) and sliding glass doors (Tropical Storm Debbie), a new porch, new solar panels, new tile, new fans, new speakers and even a new in-home studio! Yes, despite all the projects, my home makes me happy. I tell people, “she gives me a big hug when I walk through the door.”
4. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Paul: Lather, rinse, and repeat? Seriously, live your life with honesty and integrity and treat everybody you meet with respect.
Judy: To get an internship or two (even if they’re unpaid) in your field of study. I’m convinced that the summer internships I had during my college years are what pushed me to the top of the ‘job food chain.’ Not only was the real-life experience invaluable for helping me decide what I wanted to do with my life, but the recommendations I received from those companies influenced my future employers.
5. Who do you follow on Twitter?
Paul: I am not what you would call a big tweeter, but mostly I follow hosts and guests with whom I have crossed paths in the shopping channel industry. And, of course, TV Shopping Queens!
Judy: I’m more of a Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest girl, myself.
6. What is on your bookshelf?
Paul: Besides Judy’s décor? Anything written by Lee Child, Michael Connelly, and the late, great Elmore Leonard.
Judy: In our case, bookshelves. One is FILLED with photo albums. One has picturesque coffee table books like “Audrey Hepburn”, “The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor”, “Beautiful Beds”, “Matisse “, “Homer Winslow”, “Kevyn Aucoin”, and “Colored Gemstones by Paul Deasy” of course. Still another has gems and rough we’ve collected from Mines, jewelry and gem books we’ve both studied, and jewelry from our two brands. That’s the bookshelf you see behind us during many of our Facebook LIVE “Sunday Fundays w/ Paul and Judy.”
7. What charity do you support?
Paul: 4 Ocean, The Telluride Society for Jazz
Judy: There are a number of them. We love dogs, so we give to the English Springer Rescue Society. We also support The Junior League which fundraises for various needs in our community… especially the Back To School fairs and the massive Food Drives during the holidays.
8. What is on your bucket list?
Paul: A cruise around the world. Judy and I love to cruise on small cruise lines. But that darn work thing prevents us from taking that plunge. Okay, maybe plunge wasn’t the best word choice…
Judy: A light blue (or red) 80’s Mercedes convertible (which makes absolutely NO sense seeing as I steer clear of being in the sun). 😂
9. What is on your perennial to-do list?
Paul: Continue to exercise and eat in moderation.
Judy: Pair down my closet and keep only the things I love. It’s so hard to let go even if I always look at them and think “nah, maybe another day” (like that cute black leather Kenneth Cole zip front vest circa 1980.) 😳
10. What are the last three items on your credit card statement?
Paul: You have to ask Judy-she pays all of our bills! That said, we signed up for alerts every time our credit cards are used. It is a free service with your credit card company and is a great way to identify (and prevent) fraud.
Judy: Newman’s Own coffee pods for my Keurig; Wine dinner at our favorite Carrabba’s, and I think a gasoline charge at SpeedWay. LOL
11. What item in your closet do you wear the most?
Judy: Lately, it’s been my COACH python-print slip-on loafers. They’re sooo comfortable (especially for travel) and they seem to go with everything!
12. Who are your heroes?
Paul: My parents, and anybody who served in the United States military, and first responders.
Judy: The women who influenced my life: Harriet Passarelli (the Anchor of “Good Morning Tidewater” my first internship in Virginia); Marlene Verny (my Modern Dance teacher in high school… one of three I attended); my two grandmothers, Jayne Mason and Betty Crowell, who were great friends and wonderful role models; Diane Sawyer, Jane Pauley and Jessica Savage (NBC Nightly News) all of whom made lasting impressions on this young girl who watched them on TV and wondered what that kind of career would be like; and my Mom, a woman of grace and class whose wise advice always proved itself to be true (even if it took me years to see it).
13. Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?
Paul: Paul McCartney, Chuck Noll, Johnny Carson, Mel Brooks, Tom Selleck, Ray Charles, Margaret Thatcher, Rosa Parks, and Frank Sinatra
Judy: My list is eclectic, so don’t laugh, but I think they’d ALL have such great stories. From the country music world, I’d ask Vince Gill and Dolly Parton. (I’m sure I’d be intimidated) From my favorite movie, I’d ask the cast of A Thomas Crown Affair. I’ve lost track of how many times I watched it, but Rene Russo is a knockout every time.🔥 To make us laugh: Tim Conway, Harvey Korman and Drew Carey. And, just because I loved everything about her, Audrey Hepburn. After that, I’d like to be invited to Paul’s dinner party, because no doubt all of his guests are VERY cool, too. 😎
14. What is your greatest indulgence?
Paul: Dark chocolate and a really good cabernet sauvignon
Judy: A million things are flying through my head… because I indulge a lot? Perhaps. But, I’m going to say ‘a cruise’. I love climbing aboard that ship, settling into our cabin, grabbing a glass of champagne and letting the adventure begin.🥂 (Now… there’s also that Broadway show I just can’t resist when I’m up in New York) 😎
15. What is on your nightstand?
Paul: An alarm clock (seldom used) and a lamp
Judy: A wonderful oversized lamp, a vanilla candle, a framed photo of one of our (many) vow renewals ❤️, and a small clock.
16. What quote do you live by?
Paul: A cross between “To thine own self be true”, “Don’t sweat the small stuff” (and its all small stuff), and “Act like you’ve been there before”
Judy: “Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels”
17. What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
Judy: It’s probably not the ‘best’, but it was one of the most memorable. When I was in 2nd grade, 7 years old, my uncle gave me a little battery operated blender. I loved that thing and wore it out with all of my concoctions. The next year I got a battery operated sewing machine. (Guess nobody trusted me around electricity) Talk about over the Moon! It was just the best. So, when Paul and I got married and his daughter, Kristen, was then 9, I gave her a little turquoise sewing machine for Christmas. I don’t know whether or not it had the same impact on her, but I loved paying it forward.
Paul: Judy said yes
18. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Paul: I was really shy and quiet as a kid. What happened?
Judy: I’m pretty handy with a sewing machine. 😳 No, seriously, I am.
19. What is your beauty secret?
Paul: Clearly, I don’t have one. That said, here is some advice I got from my comedian friend Tim Wilkins. “If somebody asks your age, lie-but tell them that you are older than you are.” If I tell people my actual age (59), I get pretty much no reaction. If I say I am 69, they say, “wow, you look incredible…”
Judy: 1) Using sunscreen daily on both my face and the backs of my hands. 2) Brushing and flossing twice daily. With this smile, I can’t afford not to. 😆 and, 3) Vitamins daily!
20. What is one thing you wish you knew when you were younger?
Paul: That you will some day be older. I always made fun of the older people who would go into a room and not remember the reason they went into that room! But now…. wait, what was I saying just now?……
Judy: To believe people when they said “stay out of the sun, it will age you.” Bummer. I’m aged.
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