Do you live in Greenwich?
Yes, for 30 years.
Are you married?
I was. She passed away 15 years ago. We were married over 40 years.
Do you have any children?
A boy and a girl and four grandchildren.
Are you retired?
Semi-retired. In my room I have a computer and a file cabinet. I still do work for my firm occasionally.
What did you do when you were working full time?
I was a consulting engineer with Malcolm Pirnie - at their corporate headquarters in White Plains. I was working nationally and internationally. I worked with the environment, any water or air pollution that happens on the earth, under the earth or over the earth.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
In my teen years I was thinking of flying. I was a pilot in World War II.
What are your main hobbies and interests?
I had a boat, a stinkpot. I went fishing for stripe bass and blue fish and belonged to the Mianus River Boat and Yacht Club.
Are you computer savvy?
It continues to baffle me but I make it work.
Do you have a favorite sport?
Boston Red Sox. I cry regularly.
Do you have a favorite book?
Leon Uris's books. I find his historical novels very interesting. One was about the Caribbean and another about Israel. It starts with the first humans that begin to settle in the area. He does extraordinary research. I must make a mental note to get back to some of his books.
Do you have a favorite work of art?
I've spent so much of my life outdoors as a hunter as well as a fisherman, I've wandered the hills of Colorado, Vermont and upper New York State, as far as art is concerned that's art for me.
Do you listen to music?
I could listen to it but I don't.
Do you have a favorite movie?
I like action movies. I like to laugh at some of the action figures.
Do you have a favorite actor or actress?
I liked Mel Gibson in "The Patriot."
What is a TV show that you watch regularly?
I like action stories on TV, "NCIS" and "Law and Order."
Who do you think was the best President of the United States?
If you could tell the president of the United States one thing, now, what would it be?
Don't give up. There've been a few bleak days but don't give up.
What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Guilty pleasures? I'd have to think about that one a little while.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
The way the news is presented on the negative side. As an example, maybe we don't need a revised health plan. Don't present it as a life or death situation. Present the facts and give us a chance to make up our mind about it.
What achievements in your life are you most proud of?
It was my career of working on wastewater systems, making life better for people with improvements on wastewater systems. I spent 14 months in Egypt after the Seven Years War. The water and wastewater systems were almost nonexistent and there was a high rate of children mortality.
But what about your military service during WWII - you were flying for the Navy as an aircraft carrier pilot?
It was seeing that picture of a naked baby on a street in China when the Japs were there. It was a very moving picture. It caused me to sign up when I was 17. I wanted to fly.
Do you have any regrets in life?
I wanted to fly after the war. There were limited opportunities. Starting college took an enormous amount of time just as learning to fly. I could have been a half-assed pilot or a half-assed engineer. I chose to be an engineer. I wish I could have been both of them.
Best piece of advice to give to the younger generation?
Study, study, study. Have fun, but study. You can't get enough education.
What are you looking forward to?
I hope I don't get as bad as my neighbors with dementia. I don't think I have much chance of recovering from my stroke. But I look forward to being with good friends.