Do you live in Greenwich?
For 45 years.
Are you married?
I'm widowed 33 years.
What was your spouse's name?
Do you have any children?
Yes, a daughter Toni and a son Mitch.
Are you retired?
I don't think so. To me retirement is like retirement from life.
What have you done working full time?
I've worked as a certified special education teacher, and a real estate agent, certified for real estate sales. I was in the restaurant business with my late husband whose family had the Latella's Whiteway restaurant in Port Chester. We also owned the Port Chester Guide newspaper. I loved writing for it and getting ads for it.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
In my high school year book it said, "Medicine is Letty's bait. In brain surgery she'll highly rate." I've spent my whole life getting into things psychological and spiritual.
What are your main hobbies and interests?
When I was teaching special ed, I got involved with yoga. It became a calling at a particularly stressful time of my life. I wanted to help myself and others with my physical body. I became a yoga teacher-therapist and have been doing yoga for 45 years and teaching it for 28 years. I taught at SUNY Purchase for 25 years, and have taught at Sportsplex, and now here at the Senior Center for 28 years.
And I'm a certified clown -- I belong to Clowns of America. I'm a card carrying clown.
Are you computer savvy?
Not computer savvy.
Do you have a favorite sport?
No sport. I love walking and dancing.
Do you have a favorite book?
I read a lot. "How Green was My Valley" was a favorite.
Do you have a favorite work of art?
Michelangelo's Pieta. I saw it at the World's Fair in Queens. They brought it over here, can you imagine?
What music do you listen to and what is a favorite piece of music?
I love Puccini's La Boheme, and Madame Butterfly, and Verdi's Turandot. I once paid a quarter to get into the Metropolitan and met Ezio Pinza and Lilli Pons and Lauritz Melchior. I like different kinds of music. It depends on my mood. I do love jazz and Louis Armstrong -- what a life he had.
Do you have a favorite movie?
Do you have a favorite actor or actress?
What is a TV show that you watch regularly?
I'm not a TV watcher or a computer watcher. But in the last few weeks I've discovered that doctors program, "Dr. Oz."
Who do you think was the best President of the United States?
Abraham Lincoln. He just had a big heart and he was really in tune with the average person.
If you could tell the president of the United States one thing, now, what would it be?
Creative cooperation instead of compulsive competition.
What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Talking about myself.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Early morning noises, machines and things like that. Lack of driving courtesy -- use directions when you make a turn.
Do you have any regrets in life?
I really don't.
What achievements in your life are you most proud of?
Since I was 9 years of age I wanted to learn to fly a plane. Forty years later I learned to fly in my early 50s. I learned at Westchester Airport under Tom Mason. I rented planes. I put the gas in, checked the plane out and flew for many years. It takes you more than six hours to drive to Nantucket or the Cape and one hour and 15 minutes in a plane.
If you had a magic wand what would you wish for?
For everybody to judge less and love more.
What if anything are you deeply concerned about?
Man's inhumanity to man.
Best piece of advice to the younger generation?
Judge less and love more
What brings you your greatest joy?
I do Argentine tango. I'm not flying in the air anymore, I'm flying on the ground.
What are you looking forward to?
More tango dancing.