Q: How long have you lived in Greenwich?
A: Since 1965.
Q: How do you think Greenwich has changed over the years?
A: A great deal. It used to be much more folksy. We used to live near the Riverside railroad station and across the street was a mailman and town employees lived fairly close by. Our first house cost $36,000. That doesn't happen anymore. The whole town changed with the higher price of real estate.
Q: Are you married? How long?
A: Yes, to Lenore, for 50 years in October.
Q: Do you have any children? Grandchildren?
A: Three children and four grandchildren.
Q: Are you retired?
Q: What did you do when you worked full time?
A: I was a stockbroker.
Q: What was the most important thing you learned in your work?
A: To listen to others and keep my mouth shut before speaking up.
Q: What was a significant memory or defining moment in your childhood?
A: I came to this country from Hungary when I was age 10 and had to learn to speak English. But even more significant was coming to Greenwich as a stranger from a New York apartment and finding the trees were yours, the neighbors were yours.
Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?
A: Classical music. For many years I played the French horn seriously -- and I sing.
Q: Do you have a favorite sport?
Q: Do you have a favorite book?
A: I listen to books on tape when I go walking for an hour every day. I'm big on audio books. When they first came to the Greenwich Library in 1972, I listened to 50 to 60 of them -- the Greenwich Time did an article about me.
Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?
A: Old masters in general.
Q: What music do you listen to and what is a favorite piece of music?
A: Chamber music -- primarily Haydn, his quartets.
Q: If you could tell the president of the United States one thing, now, what would it be?
A: Obama does not have to compromise as much as he does. He should follow his convictions.
Q: What achievements in your life are you most proud of?
A: The things I've been doing since I retired. I chair the Public Works Committee of the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting. I'm a SeniorNet instructor and coach on computers, and a Meals-On-Wheels driver. I'm on the board of the Greenwich Symphony's Chamber Payers and a board member of the Nathaniel Witherell Patient Trust Fund. For the last eight years I've chaired the Program Committee for the Retired Men's Association. Our 15-member program committee comes up with good speakers every week, but (for) one each year. That's 400 speakers in eight years. A lot of them are big names. That gives me a lot of pleasure. I like to be an impresario.
Q: If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for?
A: Good health.
Q: What, if anything, are you deeply concerned about?
A: What's going on in the world is disturbing. Since 1991, when Hungary became a republic, the world has been transformed. We were so happy to throw off the Soviet world and now we are threatened by Islam. But now with the world's population near 7 billion, there are only 1 billion in the western world. There are many failed states with no leadership we can connect to.
Q: Best piece of advice to give to the younger generation?
A: Pay more attention to the older generation.
Q: What brings you your greatest joy?
A: Having made a difference in other people's lives.
Q: What are you looking forward to?
A: Many more years of the same, without falling ill.