Q: How long have you lived in Greenwich?
A: Since 1984 -- 27 years.
Q: How do you think Greenwich has changed over the years?
A: It's become more crowded, with more people, evidenced by I-95. McMansions have really hurt the town. Who needs 12,000 square feet? There's one house in backcountry that has 36,000 square feet. It's changed the character of the town. The reason we moved here was the school system and that's gone down. It's all over the papers. There's a general feeling they're not taking care of the infrastructure. The government is reactive, not proactive. But I still love this town. We love where we are in Byram. We can walk to town or to the beach. Tod's Point is another great amenity. You go there and feel you're on vacation.
Q: Are you married? How long?
A: Yes, to Patricia, for 43 years.
Q: Do you have any children? Grandchildren?
A: Two daughters and two grandchildren.
Q: Are you retired?
Q: What do you do full time?
A: I'm a graphic designer. I've designed all kinds of printed material, advertising, brochures, and books, such as the Tod's Point book for the Oral History Project at Greenwich Library. That book is still for sale.
Q: What was the most important thing you learned from your work?
A: I'm in the service business, so, making sure my clients are happy. It's a simple thing to say but hard to achieve at times. I've learned the value of time management, of setting priorities. I've managed very large projects -- 100,000 copies of a magazine.
Q: What was a significant memory or defining moment in your childhood?
A: When I decided to go off and be a Catholic priest at age 14. I attended a seminary, Maryknoll in Pennsylvania, for five years to be a foreign ministry missionary. It changed my life. I attributed that experience to skills I learned in communication, critical thinking and writing.
Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?
A: I'm crazy about books. I'm an avid reader. I must have 3,000 books. I'm crazy about history. I'm on the board of the Greenwich Preservation Trust. Learning new things. And I'm vice-chairman of the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee.
Q: Do you have a favorite sport?
A: I'm not a sports person.
Q: Do you have a favorite book? What is a recent one you enjoyed?
A: I'm currently reading "How to Live," a biography of Montaigne ("How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer," by Sarah Bakewell). It's fascinating. A current favorite is "Here on Earth" by Tim Flannery.
Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?
A: I love Caravaggio's work. I love Bernini's statue of St. Teresa in Rome. I love Cezanne.
Q: What music do you listen to and what is a favorite piece of music?
A: Beethoven has been a lifelong passion. He still manages to interest and intrigue me. With his piano sonatas, I break up laughing -- how he wrote just to see if a pianist could play it. Glenn Gould is a favorite pianist of Beethoven.
Q: If you could tell the president of the United States one thing, now, what would it be?
A: Stand up for the people. A majority of people are not being represented in ways that the president should be able to say what is best for these people.
Q: What achievements in your life are you most proud of?
A: My family. Being married to a beautiful wife and raising our two wonderful daughters.
Q: If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for?
A: An America that we seem to have lost. An America with a strong middle class with high moral values. We're not granting visas to people who helped us in Iraq. We've become too arrogant, too abusive with our foreign power.
Q: What, if anything, are you deeply concerned about?
A: The lack of a moral compass in this country. We were the beacon, the light of the world. That light has dimmed and I fear it may be extinguished. I wish we could get back to where we were.
Q: Best piece of advice to give to the younger generation?
A: Get involved. Do not sit back. Get politically involved in your community. Give your time and learn, and above all, listen. Because of the way the world is going now, it's so important to have skills of listening. You really don't know yourself unless you listen to others.
Q: What brings you your greatest joy?
A: My family, being with my daughters and my wife.
Q: What are you looking forward to?
A: To a time when I can read the 3,000 books I have upstairs. I've got a great reference library, history, entertainment.