Do you live in Greenwich?
I moved here in 1957, from Paris, France where I was in the import-export business.
Are you married?
I'm a widower. My wife, Sheila, passed away 10 years ago. We were married 42 years. She was Sheila Jackson, a TV personality. She hosted the U.S. Steel Hour. Betty Furness was the first famous TV hostess for Westinghouse. Sheila was the second most famous TV personality.
Do you have any children?
Five children, 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Are you retired?
I had a little business so one of the advantages of being a small time entrepreneur is you can phase down.
What did you do when you were working full time?
I started an import-export business in 1950, the EURPAC Services. It started in the Pacific with military commissaries overseas. In 1952 we had 52 commissaries. We're a wholesale distributor of computer software, audio and video, CD's and DVD's, and other products. My son runs it now. Since he took it over it's twice as big as when I left it. I'm still chairman of the board. Its offices are in Norwalk. I also served in the Navy as a Lt. from 1942-1946 as commander of subchasers and patrol crafts in the Aleutian Islands.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a journalist. There was glamour to journalism and to sports writing. I think it's quite natural to emulate people in journalism. But mainly I wanted to make a living. I got involved in the radio business in the 1960's, with WGCH and some other stations. I wrote a book two years ago. My ancestors left diaries that don't tell us enough about themselves or their contemporaries. I've tried to recite some experiences or opinions of an American male in the last half of the 20th century. It's called, "It's been a Great Ride on a Fast Track."
What are your main hobbies and interests?
I got into the horse business in 1982. I've been breeding race horses and running race horses the last 20 years, running them at Aqueduct and Belmont. My first horse, Ardross, won the Gold Cup at Ascot. I liked sailing and golf. And I've done a lot of scuba diving around the world, in the Red Sea, off Turkey and Mexico.
Are you computer savvy?
I would not consider myself computer savvy. My granddaughter was giving me a lesson last night.
Do you have a favorite sport?
I'm a spectator of baseball and college football. My sport was swimming. I was captain of my swim team at Michigan State University.
Do you have a favorite book?
Dos Passos' U.S.A. Trilogy. I have a Kindle now and I love it. You don't have to go to a library or a book store. In two minutes you're reading the book you want. I listened to people talking about "Pride and Prejudice" all my life and now I can bring it up on Kindle.
Do you have a favorite work of art?
Not a specific work of art but a category - 18th century European artists, the realists, such as Rembrandt, and painters of the Italian School.
Do you listen to music?
I enjoy opera. A great art form is the American musical comedy like "Red, Hot and Blue," or anything with Jack Benny and Jimmy Durante. There's a joy to them, they're entertaining, they're uplifting with good singing. No other performance is quite the same.
Do you have a favorite piece of music?
In the classical sense, anything Wagner. I'm still a 40's kid with big band music. And I enjoy country and western.
Do you have a favorite movie?
"The Philadelphia Story," with Katherine Hepburn.
Do you have a favorite actor or actress?
What is a TV show that you watch regularly?
"The McNeil-Lehrer Newshour" I watch regularly -- four nights a week. Or Channel 21.
Who do you think was the best President of the United States?
Lincoln has so frequently been considered the best. I would have to give some thought to Jefferson -- educationally and philosophically. Probably Franklin Roosevelt was the greatest leader but I disagreed philosophically with many things he did. Teddy Roosevelt for the National Parks.
If you could tell the president of the United States one thing, what would it be?
What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
I guess I'm a wine devotee of the grape. Omar Khayyam had a great point when he wrote "I often wonder what the vintners buy / One half so precious as the stuff they sell." Why would you sell it to buy anything?
What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who take advantage of the economic and social position to others disadvantage.
Do you have any regrets in life?
My wife passing away.
What achievements in your life are you most proud of?
I am proudest of my children.
Best piece of advice to give to the younger generation?
Respect and courtesy working and relating with others. Consider other people and their problems.
What brings you your greatest joy?
What are you looking forward to?
Tomorrow. I'm in the green banana stage. I don't buy green bananas. I might not be around long enough for them to ripen.