Do you live in Greenwich?
Yes, for 40 odd years.
Are you married?
Yes, for 48 years to Miriam.
Do you have any children?
Two children - a boy and a girl, and three grandchildren, two girls and a boy.
Are you retired?
I haven't worked for money since 1988.
What did you do when you were working full time?
I imported and sold perfume and perfume candles, and articles that women buy in the cosmetic department, for Worth Perfume, which was started by my father, and for Gerdon, another company.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I started out wanting to be a cowboy, then a lawyer, then a real estate mogul, but I wound up selling perfume.
What are your main hobbies and interests?
I consider myself a sculptor. I work at that almost daily. I started out painting when we lived in Manhattan but there was no more room after we got married. The choices were to get a studio or move, so we moved to Greenwich. A friend told me, "Donald, I've signed you up for a welding course -- I don't want to go alone." I went to the course in the old Art Barn. The teacher, John La Sala, was a real blacksmith and artist, a sculptor. He had a blacksmith studio in Westport. I went there on weekends and he taught me all this stuff. I've stayed working with metal.
Are you computer savvy?
Yes and I waste an enormous amount of time with it.
Do you have a favorite sport?
I bicycle. I do that a lot.
Do you have a favorite book?
"Alice in Wonderland." It's so wise.
Do you have a favorite work of art?
I'm not sure I have a favorite. I like the work of Nancy Graves, Picasso, Braque. Modern painters, Jasper Johns. There's not much of it I don't like. I like kids' art. I've purchased kids' art. Picasso once said it didn't take him long to draw beautifully but a lifetime to draw like a child.
What music do you listen to and what is a favorite piece of music?
I don't love music. I'm trying hard. I like Aaron Copland things, and Gottschalk -- he wrote something called "Cakewalk."
Do you have a favorite movie?
"Gloomy Sunday," a Hungarian movie. It takes place in a restaurant in Budapest before the war, during the war, and after the war. You can get it on Netflix.
Do you have a favorite actor or actress?
What is a TV show that you watch regularly?
Who do you think was the best President of the United States?
The standard answer is Lincoln -- he probably was. But in my lifetime it was Harry Truman. When I think of America, Harry Truman is the essence of that.
If you could tell the president of the United States one thing, now, what would it be?
I know what I don't know -- and I don't know.
What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
I don't have any guilty pleasures.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who pull up next to my car with their radios turned loud enough to fill Yankee Stadium. They sometime bring their boom boxes to the beach.
Do you have any regrets in life?
I often regret when I went to school I didn't get out if it as much as I could have.
What achievements in your life are you most proud of?
I'm not sure proud is the right word. I get a great deal of pleasure out of making something beautiful. I get a lot of pleasure out of my home, my wife and children.
If you had a magic wand what would you wish for?
Peace. Happiness for all people.
What if anything are you deeply concerned about?
I'm concerned for how we're taking care of the earth, and for the grotesqueness of war that's escalating in the world, for what horrible things we can do to each other.
Best piece of advice for the younger generation?
The same. I know what I don't know -- and I don't know.
What brings you your greatest joy?
When I produce a good piece of art.
What are you looking forward to?
Producing good pieces of art.