Q: How long have you lived in Greenwich?
A: All my life. I was born in the old Greenwich Hospital.
Q: How do you think Greenwich has changed over the years?
A: When I was a boy I used to play baseball on the Post Road in Mianus and on Valley Road on a Sunday. Those were our parks. There was no traffic. The trucks didn't go on Sunday. But I think our town is being run properly -- they're doing a very good job.
Q: Are you married? How long?
A: Yes, to Eleanor. We've been married 57 years.
Q: Do you have any children? Grandchildren?
A: Four children, two grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Q: Are you retired?
Q: What did you do when you worked full time?
A: I worked for a plumbing and heating company in Riverside. We closed it after 55 years.
Q: What was the most important thing you learned in your work?
A: I learned a lot about people. I love people. I love helping people. You get an education talking to people. I have a lot of friends from Vermont to Hawaii.
Q: What was a significant memory or defining moment in your childhood?
A: We lived down on Valley Road and owned a lot of land there. My parents always had company -- I loved that. I was an Explorer Scout with Troop 10 and we went all around the U.S. for 8 weeks, from Canada, to Detroit, to Chicago and to the Scout Ranch in Philmont, New Mexico. It was the first time I had buffalo steak. I traveled quite a bit with my parents.
Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?
A: I like golf. I read a lot about sports and I follow golf a lot. And I like watching sports -- baseball. I'm always watching the stock market going up and down. But my main interest is really helping people. There are two old ladies I give a lot of help to. I'm always doing construction and modeling to help people. I belong to The Umbrella Club. There are only 50 members. We help people in need.
Q: Do you have a favorite sport?
A: Golf is big. We also ski. We have a home in Wilmington, Vermont. I built it with my family. It's cedar wood in and out. It's a maintenance free home. It's held up 35-36 years. It's great to see the children go up and see the place. I have a grandchild that has to have a birthday up there in February.
Q: Do you have a favorite book?
A: Yogi Berra's book about baseball -- all his little sayings.
Q: What music do you listen to and what is a favorite piece of music?
A: Classical music -- Bach, and Andrea Bocelli. On the way to our ski place I'm learning about country music as it's the only station we can get.
Q: If you could tell the president of the United States one thing, now, what would it be?
A: He's got to be more controlling. He's not stern enough. I feel like they've been pushing the U. S. around all these years.
Q: What achievements in your life are you most proud of?
A: After I got home from serving in the military I worked very hard with my plumbing and heating company. My aim was always to be a good citizen. I'm a good PR person. I have a lot of friends. I always wanted to have stock in my bank and a vacation home after building my office building in Riverside on the Post Road. I'm very proud of my family. They all have good jobs. They all went to college and graduated. My daughter is a teacher.
Q: If you had a magic wand what would you wish for?
A: Health for my family.
Q: What, if anything, are you deeply concerned about?
A: The traffic is terrible on I-95. You can't get out of Stamford on the thruway. They need more trains.
Q: Best piece of advice to give to the younger generation?
A: Today's kids have a lot of pressure on them. They have to be honest and sincere. They have to be respectful of other people. That's what we were taught -- to respect your elders. That's what makes a good citizen.
Q: What brings you your greatest joy?
A: I had an interesting life. I like family gatherings. Our tent is still up on our deck.
Q: What are you looking forward to?
A: I'm looking forward to good health. I want to keep doing what I'm doing. I get very excited when my wife and I get to travel. We went to Italy on that town trip. There were 11 of us. We were diplomats over there. They treated us royally. I loved the construction of the buildings in Rome. The cathedrals were magnificent.