Stonington Borough, CT
Mystic Chamber of Commerce
Noank Historical Society
OCCUPATION Trustee and docent at the Babcock-Smith House Museum, volunteer interpreter at Mystic Seaport, retired from the aerospace industry.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN Born in New York City, grew up in Watertown, N.Y.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME Showing folks our local history at the 1734 Babcock Mansion and the 1882 ship Joseph Conrad. Hobbies like ship model building and model railroading are fun in the winter months.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT Had the privilege of leading a team that helped salvage the development of the F-117 Stealth Fighter.
WHAT I HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR I’ve known people who are kind, generous and, quite frankly, very pleasant to be around. I’d like to be remembered that way.
TOP ITEM ON MY BUCKET LIST I’d love to take a trip to New Zealand (especially since they didn’t take the America’s Cup away from us!).
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET As little as possible — car keys and a little folding money.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP An aeronautical engineer. As it turned out, I liked working with people better than engineering.
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST Carol, my wife of 44 years.
FAVORITE AUTHOR Difficult to pick just one, but I always enjoy books by our local Stonington author, James Tertius deKay.
LAST BOOK READ “Mr. Paradise,” by Elmore Leonard.
FAVORITE SONG “As Time Goes By.”
FAVORITE MOVIE What else? “Casablanca.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW “The West Wing.”
FAVORITE PET Our last cat, Yogi.
FAVORITE FOOD Pizza.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK None.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE Consideration for others.
PET PEEVE Drivers who ignore the rules of the road.
FAVORITE QUOTATION “Leave the gun, take the cannolis.”
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD Our rich local history.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT A good book.
LITTLE-KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME I hold an FAA Airframe and Powerplant Repair License.
BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED Always try to put a little money aside for the future.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE Don’t offer advice unless someone really asks for it.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Turn in my resignation. No human is up to that job.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS Put the Babcock-Smith Museum Capital Campaign “over the top,” so our town can have a permanent granite museum and a home for the Westerly Historical Society.
I DRIVE A Mazda Miata for fun and a Toyota van for utility.
I WISH I DROVE A Ferrari would be nice.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Fresh garlic.
IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE President Abraham Lincoln, an amazing leader during a momentous time in our history.
— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro