Do you live in Greenwich?
Eighty-one years. My house was my father's and my grandfather's. We added a top floor with three nice bedrooms.
Are you married?
Yes, to Shirley A. Marzullo, since 1956 - 54 years.
Do you have any children? Grandchildren?
Two sons and a daughter, and three grandchildren.
Are you retired?
I retired at 63. But then I started consulting part time on plantscapes for banks, office buildings and residences, for rose gardens and perennial gardens. I couldn't say no to two clients with indoor swimming pools, with some 50 plants inside -- some plants were 8-feet tall. This consulting came to a stop in 2000.
What did you do when you worked full time?
I worked in pesticide research for the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, where we discovered new pesticides, and tested insecticides. Before that I did fungicide research at Union Carbide Corp in Tarrytown where I was responsible for the greenhouse operation, and with similar duties at American Cyanamid. My father ran a greenhouse at 80 Valley Road where I first worked in greenhouse maintenance, propagating and floral design. Early on I was also a research assistant for Bartlett Tree Expert Company.
What was the most important thing you've learned in your work?
I had a lot of fun. I just enjoyed all that work, and earning the money. I was also an usher at the Pickwick Theater and I enjoyed that too.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Someone talked about being a botanist. But you've got to be an above average college student. So I became an agronomist. I'm a horticulturalist and botanist.
What was a significant memory or defining moment in your childhood?
What are your main hobbies and interests?
I like digital photography and I really like to bowl. I like to be on a team. I have some bowling trophies.
Are you computer savvy?
I don't use the computer. I love a cell phone. I have OnStar in my GM car.
Do you have a favorite sport?
Bowling is my favorite sport. I have to bowl once a week. I'll watch baseball, basketball and football when it's the playoffs.
Do you have a favorite work of art?
I like landscapes and seascapes. I got to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre when I was in the military. I recently went to Tarrytown where the Rockefellers had a show. I like to see dinosaurs and rocks and gems at the Old Greenwich Civic Center show. And the Railroad Models show I like.
What music do you listen to?
Do you have a favorite movie?
Do you have a favorite actor or actress?
What is a TV show that you watch regularly?
I like History Channel and the Comedy channel, CNN world news and Fox News.
Who do you think was the best President of the United States -- and why?
Eisenhower. I trusted him. Everyone had a lot of respect for Ike. The 1950s were the greatest in the economy and peace.
If you could tell the president of the United States one thing, now, what would it be?
Just like a CEO does when he runs a company -- hire the most intelligent people you can to help you. Take care that the military handles terrorism, and hire the best people for the economy to get jobs and get us out of the recession.
What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Not many. I eat very little ice cream or chocolate and don't drink much coffee.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I don't have any pet peeves and my wife doesn't even bother me.
Do you have any regrets in life?
What achievements in your life are you most proud of?
It's my family -- we have a musical director-composer-arranger, a mechanical engineer, and a business administrator with the BOE, and with my grandchildren, a schoolteacher, chemist and civil engineer.
If you had a magic wand what would you wish for?
I don't want any money. I have health. I have money. I like my house, my car.
What if anything are you deeply concerned about?
I'm concerned about the U.S. and the world. There's too much violence, and people are starving. I wish there was more food. That's where the agriculture comes in. We're going to have to produce enough food for the next generation.
Best piece of advice to give to the younger generation?
Get as much education as you can, and be honest. And marry the right person.
What brings you your greatest joy?
The family. We get together for every holiday.
What are you looking forward to?
Whatever comes in my direction. I'm not wanting for anything. I have it all.