Meet Larry Klein.
Larry Klein brings a legal background to his current activities. His contribution to the Real Estate Partnership of Jonelle and Larry Klein is so important to the clients that Jonelle and Larry work with. Larry makes substantial contribution to our local community.
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: I’m an attorney, and when I was a kid, I read every Perry Mason book there was. Perry Mason was an attorney who miraculously won every case by having a surprise witness at the end. Of course, it doesn’t always happen like that in real life, but it was inspiring. I enjoy practicing law. It’s quite interesting and challenging.
Q: What is one thing you wished you learned earlier in your life?
A: To be a musician. I am a musician now, but I didn’t start until I was in my 30’s. I think it is much easier to learn something when you’re young because your head doesn’t get in the way. You are not thinking about how to do it as much. It comes more naturally when you’re young, and so I wish I had started to play music when I was a kid.
Q: What are your favorite things that you play right now?
A: I am a guitar player mainly, and I also play the Djembe, an African drum, and I can play a little piano. When I lived in Napa Valley, my buddy Fred and I used to play in public for about 15 years. We played at different venues, and that’s my favorite thing to do. I enjoy playing music in public.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Sedona?
A: I’ve been in Sedona since 2013.
Q: What is something that you love to do here in Sedona?
A: I am a big hiker, so that’s my favorite thing to do. I have always liked the red rocks and the forest – it’s what surrounds us in Sedona. Fifty percent of Sedona is a national forest, and it’s one of the most beautiful places in the country.
Q: What’s your involvement in the community?
A: I am on the Planning and Zoning Commission. I’ve been on it for five and a half years, which I enjoy. It’s very interesting and, at times, controversial. We’ve had some exciting projects come before us, and it’s fun to dig in and see what’s involved and make recommendations.
Q: What’s a perfect day look like to you?
A: I am a morning person, so I get up early in the morning. I go hiking with my dogs. We have three dogs, and I have to hike with them in shifts. Sometimes I’ll go for a hike myself, and then I work. In addition to being an attorney, I am also a real estate agent helping you in our real estate business, and then I like to play music as much as I can.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Sedona, and what do you love there?
A: My favorite restaurant is Elote. I also like Mariposa, Dahl & Di Luca, Pisa Lisa, Moscato in Camp Verde, and Bocce in Cottonwood.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Sedona?
A: Terrie Frankel. She was one of the original Doublemint twins. She and her sister were very musical. During the Vietnam War, they went over to Vietnam to perform for the troops. Terrie is very philanthropic, she’s involved supporting the military, she’s fun, and she has met a lot of fascinating people in her life.
Q: What age would you be again, and why?
A: I would like to be in my 30’s because I never really realized until I was in my 30’s that I was athletic, and I had a full head of hair. I was definitely at my peak physically at that age. I was a basketball player, played squash, did a lot of mountain bike riding and cross country skiing.
Q: How would your closest friend/s describe you?
A: They will tell you that I am one of the most honest people you’ll ever meet.
Q: What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?
A: I would say my Law career. I’ve been very successful at it. I was fortunate enough to be a small claims judge for 12 years. I was hoping to get my own TV show like Judge Judy, but unfortunately, that never worked out.
Q: Choosing anyone alive or dead with whom would you like to have dinner and why?
A: Jesus Christ – because he is one of the most influential people to have ever lived on the planet. He started Christianity. So many people look up to him and follow him. I think it would have been fascinating to sit and talk to him about life and humans.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
A: I’ve always wanted to do a cruise along the west coast of South America, from Chile to Panama. It’s beautiful with an interesting culture, and it’s somewhere I’ve never been.
Q: What is your favorite type of music?
A: My favorite is African music because I play the Djembe, and the African drummers are some of the greatest. Some of my favorite African musicians are King Sunny Ade, Salif Keita, and Baaba Maal.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I enjoy cooking. My mother was a great cook and studied cooking in Hong Kong and Rome.
Q: What is your favorite dish to cook?
A: I like to cook this dish that is Indonesian barbecued chicken.
Q: What is that one thing you would most like to be remembered for?
A: My honesty.