Gary Sherman

My day job is judge on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. I’m one of 16 judges who reviews decisions made by the trial court. This is typically decided based on a review of the written briefs provided by the lawyers involved in the case.

 My most memorable caffeine would be back in my early years of living in Port Wing, Wis., which is up by Lake Superior. I was one of the hippies who fled an urban life in the early ‘70s. When my family first arrived, I was definitely burning the candle at both ends—I’d spend the day building my house with a crew I’d hired and then I’d do my regular job, practicing law. Coffee was essential to accomplish everything I needed to do and I truly couldn’t get through my day without it. It’s the last time in my life that coffee was so important.

 My current caffeine of choice is iced tea. All that coffee consumption means I can’t drink it anymore!

My favorite place for caffeine is the Ancora near the Square. It’s an unpretentious place that feels genuine.

The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is the Dali Lama. I’m not a strictly religious person, but I do believe there’s something beyond what we can experience with our five senses. Unlike a lot of religious leaders, the Dali Lama seems authentic and wise. I’d enjoy an opportunity to sit down and talk with him.

 World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine:  how to resolve conflict without going to war. That would be the greatest accomplishment in human history—if we could sit down and resolve a situation instead of killing each other. Kind of like Obama’s Beer Summit.