NY Area Spartan of the Week: Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Posted by admin | March 21, 2011

Josh Kilmer-Purcell 

MSU alumnus Josh Kilmer-Purcell is the New York Times bestselling author of “The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites became Gentlemen Farmers,” and stars with his partner, Brent Ridge, in the television reality show “The Fabulous Beekman Boys.” The second season of their hit show premieres on tomorrow night, March 22nd at 9 p.m. on Planet Green. Kilmer-Purcell’s and Ridge’s business, Beekman 1802, has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Wall St Journal and numerous other media outlets.

A few Spartan questions for Josh Kilmer-Purcell:

Q: What was your major at MSU and what year did you graduate?
A: I majored in English Literature and graduated in 1991.

Q: What are you doing now for work?
A: I write books, work at an advertising agency, run a goat farm, manage a start-up (Beekman1802.com), and do it all with television cameras following me.

Q: Where do you live?
A: Upper East Side, and Sharon Springs, NY.

Q: Favorite NYC restaurant?
A: ABC Kitchen (Flatiron).

Q: What is best part of living in the NY area?
A: The best part of living in NYC is the access it affords. In my 16 years here I’ve met all manner of business leaders, politicians and celebrities. And I’ve been able to tap into these networks whenever I have a new project I’m working on.

Q: What is best part of being a Spartan in New York?
A: The best part of being a Spartan in NY is that it gives me a greater perspective on how most Americans live. Many New Yorkers were born, raised, and educated on the East Coast and frequently don’t understand how America really works.

Q: If you could invite 3 people from any time who were associated with Michigan State to dinner who would they be?
A: Dick Beals, who was the voice of Speedy Alka Seltzer, for the Mad Men like stories he could tell about early advertising. Rob Smith, EVP of Macy’s Merchandising, for the retail advice he could share. Diane Wakoski, Writer-in-Residence at MSU, because she inspired me to try.