Do you live in Greenwich?
I hear a British accent.
Yes, I was born in Portugal, raised in England and came to the U.S. on the day England declared war on Germany, September 3, 1939.
Are you married?
I have been.
What was your wife's name?
Cass - married 44 years.
Do you have any children?
Three boys and no grandchildren.
Are you retired?
Somewhat retired. I wish my career was retirement.
What did you do when you were working full time?
I was an architect - of mostly communal buildings. I was on the National Council of the YMCA as a consultant.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to get into the import and export business but I never got close to it. Several intervening occurrences like going into the army.
What are your main hobbies and interests?
Photography - I finally got a digital camera. And travel. I take pictures on my travels. It's usually landscapes or architectural things or close-ups of nature. I belong to the World Affairs Forum. I used to be boating but I've given that up now. That changed a good deal of thinking.
Are you computer savvy?
No. I've hardly entered the electronic age. My biggest step forward was the digital camera.
Do you have a favorite sport?
Tennis - I still play.
Do you have a favorite book?
One that immediately comes to mind is "The Path Before the Seas," about the building of the Panama Canal. Another one I'm reading now is "The Ghosts of Vesuvius," a series of eye witness accounts of the eruption of Vesuvius that decimated Pompeii and Herculaneum. And "The Professor and the Madman" - about the development of the Oxford English Dictionary. And "The Hunt for the Red October."
Do you have a favorite work of art?
A sculpture - Bird in Flight by Brancusi. It's in the Museum of Modern Art. It's just so simple, a shaft of bronze vaguely twisted, and only four feet high. Someone should scale it up 30-40 feet. It's a gorgeous thing.
Do you listen to music?
I have four volumes of CD's. I've got a machine that converts LP's to CD's.
Do you have a favorite piece of music?
Ravel's Bolero, and anything by Gershwin.
Do you have a favorite movie?
I go to movies maybe once every two years.
Do you have a favorite actor or actress?
What is a TV show that you watch regularly?
Lehrer NewsHour, Nova, and anything else on PBS.
Who do you think was the best President of the United States?
That's sticking my neck out. I would say Roosevelt.
If you could tell the president of the United States one thing, now, what would it be?
Hang in there.
What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Reading in bed, when I could be a little more productive.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who interrupt. That pushes a button with me.
Do you have any regrets in life?
That's a pointless thing.
What achievements in your life are you most proud of?
Best piece of advice to give to the younger generation?
Be focused and patient.
What are you looking forward to?
A continued happy life. I'm having a pretty good damn time.
"¢ "¢ "¢