Q: How long have you lived in Greenwich?
A: Since 1971 -- in the same house. (My name is Norwegian. My parents emigrated in 1929, just in time for the Great Depression.)
Q: How do you think Greenwich has changed over the years?
A: You see more people responsible in recycling and in the environment, taking care of it, and the trees. With stream recycling -- putting everything in one garbage pail -- I think they've gone a little too far.
Q: Are you married? How long?
A: Yes, for 50 years to Gail Ann.
Q: Do you have any children? Grandchildren?
A: Two sons and four beautiful granddaughters. Olivia is the oldest at 11 and she sings like an angel. She sings for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and she's going to my same school, Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn.
Q: Are you retired?
A: Yes -- in 1996.
Q: What did you do when you worked full time?
A: I was a consultant for the Gartner Group, which sells research.
Q: What was the most important thing you learned in your work?
A: To be a team player and to rely on experts.
Q: What was a significant memory or defining moment in your childhood?
A: In my senior year at Poly Prep I met my wife Gail, and four years late we walked down the aisle of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fourth Avenue and 75th Street in Manhattan.
Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?
A: Playing golf. Writing and publishing books on local history. And I've been a volunteer for the Oral History Project at Greenwich Library, interviewing Greenwich people. I also support At Home in Greenwich.
Q: Do you have a favorite sport?
Q: Do you have a favorite book?
A: I read a lot of books. One that I read every four or five years is Jan de Hartog's "The Captain," about ocean going tugboats in WWII. It's a compelling story.
Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?
A: No, there's so much good art out there.
Q: What music do you listen to and what is a favorite piece of music?
A: Any of the later Mozart symphonies. A favorite is his 41st -- the Jupiter Symphony.
Q: If you could tell the president of the United States one thing, now, what would it be?
A: To get just a little less full of himself and be a team player with Democrats and Republicans.
Q: What achievements in your life are you most proud of?
A: I'm really a family man. Gail and I've raised two sons and they're doing well.
Q: If you had a magic wand what would you wish for?
A: Good health for my wife Gail; she goes every day with low back pain.
Q: Best piece of advice to give to the younger generation?
A: Don't take yourself too seriously.
Q: What brings you your greatest joy?
A: Being with my granddaughters. They're better than sliced bread.
Q: What are you looking forward to?
A: Selling our second home in Woodstock, New York.