Meet Your Neighbor: Judy Friedman
How long have you lived in Tahoe? Since 1972.
What are some changes you’ve seen over the years in Tahoe City?
I think the biggest one is the way the community has grown and yet somehow been able to retain that small-town feel that we moved here for.
Have you owned the Paper Trail since 1972?
No, I’ve done a lot of odd jobs up here. When I first moved here, I lifeguarded in the summer and worked at Alpine Meadows in the winter. I eventually realized if I wanted to stay here I would have to take it more seriously, so I went back to school at UNR and had a lot of positions in travel and tourism, which led me on a path to becoming the executive director of Snowfest. I was on the original board of Snowfest when it was first conceived, so to become executive director was really exciting for me. Then I came to a point where I had done what I wanted to do, so I moved on and went into student travel. Then 911 happened and I was under employed for four years. When the opportunity came to purchase the Paper Clip I jumped at the opportunity, made a few changes including the name and took over in 2005. And here I am, as happy as can be!
What exactly do you do at the Paper Trail?
The Paper Trail Secretarial and Business Solutions is exactly that. Most of what I do is minutes for just about every organization in town. It gives me a real pulse on the community through a number of different eyes.
Do you do any volunteer work?
I’ve always done a lot of volunteer work. Right now, I’m on the board of the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation and I volunteer to help out with a lot of community events and projects.
What are some of your other hobbies?
I love being in a kayak on the lake, it’s so far away and peaceful. I love biking, hiking and snow-shoeing. A good book and a nice blizzard does me well.
Where is the most memorable place you’ve traveled?
I’ve been really lucky ” I’ve traveled to a lot of interesting places. I got to go to Israel and was surprised at how surprised I was and at how moving it ways. It rivaled anything I’ve ever done.
Is there anything your neighbors don’t know about you?
Whatever it is, it’s going to stay that way! I’m such an open book that if there is something someone doesn’t know about me, they probably don’t need to know.
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