Q: How long have you lived in Greenwich?
A: Since 1971.
Q: How do you think Greenwich has changed over the years?
A: One word - traffic. I don't even like to go downtown. I hate the Post Road.
Q: Are you married?
A: Yes, to Kathi. I've been married for 42 years.
Q: Do you have any children? Grandchildren?
A: Three kids, two boys and a girl. And two grandkids.
Q: Are you retired?
A: As of June 17, 2011, yes, my last day of classes.
Q: What did you do when you were working full time?
A: I taught sixth, seventh and eighth grades as an elementary teacher for 18 years and then 22 years as a middle school teacher. I was first at Riverside School, then made the transition from elementary to middle school. I like the age group. They're a lot of fun to work with. With adolescents you've got to be a special breed. Middle school is crazy.
Q: What was the most important thing you learned from your work?
A: With adolescents you can definitely get along with any of them. Every single kid deep down wants to be a good kid.
Q: What was a significant memory or defining moment in your childhood?
A: I had a great childhood with a great family. My family had a place on Fire Island. I spent every summer of my life there, no roads and no cars.
Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?
A: I'm an outdoor person. I like to walk, jog, bike, and I love gardening. I'm also a bit of a collector, American coins, stamps, pocket knives.
Q: Do you have a favorite sport?
A: It's a toss up between basketball and football.
Q: Do you have a favorite book? What is a recent one you enjoyed?
A: I'm reading "In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors," about the ship that secretly took the atomic bombs out to the Pacific to be dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. It was sunk by a torpedo on its way back.
Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?
A: I like Degas' ballet paintings, and Audubon prints. I'm a nature guy.
Q: What music do you listen to and what is a favorite piece of music?
Q: If you could tell the president of the United States one thing, now, what would it be?
A: Bring the troops home.
Q: What achievements in your life are you most proud of?
A: My family hands down, followed by my 5000 students.
Q: If you had a magic wand what would you wish for?
A: Good administrators for our school system, and teachers who actually like kids.
Q: What if anything are you deeply concerned about?
A: The direction of our school system. They've lost sight of the kids. It's about numbers and data.
Q: Best piece of advice to give to the younger generation?
A: They should stop worrying about themselves. Younger people have lost sight of community work, charity stuff.
Q: What brings you your greatest joy?
A: My family. My daughter is coming for dinner with her new husband.
Q: What do you look forward to?
A: Not going to work, having a second cup of coffee in the morning, watering my garden -- and I won't have a 20-minte lunch at 10:15. But I will desperately miss my (school) kids.