BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN Wichita, Kan., but moved to the Stonington side of Mystic with our family of eight when my father was called to serve as minister of the Mystic Congregational Church in 1964. Graduated from SHS.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME On the water or on a sandy beach with family and friends.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT Being the father to three outstanding, bright, kindhearted daughters.
WHAT I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR Being a loyal, loving and dedicated friend/father/relative.
ON MY BUCKET LIST To be able to slow down enough to actually stop and enjoy all the cool places I get to travel to and have yet to travel to.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET Usually a hole.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP Jacques Cousteau. Until my neighbor in Mystic (who was a doctor of oceanology at UConn) told me I’d need to be in college for eight to 10 years if I wanted to do anything with that line of work.
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST My deceased kindhearted father, who always displayed care, concern and compassion for every person he encountered; and my 92-year-old mother, who instilled in me the belief that “you can fly if you want to.” (She was actually a stunt pilot in air carnivals in the 1940s.)
FAVORITE AUTHOR Harper Lee. (“To Kill a Mockingbird” is my favorite book.)
LAST BOOK READ And finished? Hmm … this may take awhile to remember.
FAVORITE SONG Quality music from all genres and almost anything from Eddie Vedder.
FAVORITE MOVIE “West Side Story.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW NESN ... does that count?
FAVORITE PET Two husky/shepherd-mix dogs I had as a kid, Sachawa and Kochese.
FAVORITE MEAL Surf and turf with fillet/lobster/stuffed shrimp.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK Probably a little too much.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE Composure and compassion in the midst of utter chaos.
PET PEEVE Negativity and mean gossip.
FAVORITE QUOTATION Don’t pray for calm seas, but rather for a sturdy ship and reliable compass.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD The magnificence of the ocean and the people who live here who appreciate and respect that magnificence.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT The people I love the most.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME Though I was honored in high school and college athletics at the state level, the first recognition I ever received for All-State was for classical clarinet in the Connecticut All-State high school band as a freshman.
BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED Treat everyone with respect and dignity. None of us is better (in God’s eyes) than the other.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE God gave us two ears and only one mouth. Use them in the proportion that God intended.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Mandate peace and true human equality.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS Try to remember where I stashed the ticket.
I DRIVE A Big ol’ truck.
I WISH I DROVE A Zamboni.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Empty containers of food or drink from the kids.
IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE A round-table discussion with my four grandparents, all of whom came out of the Great Depression. My mom’s parents were farmers from rural Georgia and my father’s came from prominent Milwaukee banking families. It would be fascinating.
— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro.