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Dave Mann, a veteran of the army who received the Purple Heart during his service, sits by the Westerly Pawcatuck War Memorial on Wednesday afternoon. ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun )
Dave Mann, a veteran of the army who received the Purple Heart during his service, sits by the Westerly Pawcatuck War Memorial on Wednesday afternoon. ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun ) Dave Mann, a veteran of the army who recieved the Purple Heart during his service, sits by the Westerly Pawcatuck War Memorial on Wednesday afternoon. ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun ) Dave Mann, a veteran of the army who received the Purple Heart during his service, sits by the Westerly Pawcatuck War Memorial on Wednesday afternoon. ( Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun )

In The Easy Chair: Dave Mann


AGE Same amount of years as a piano has keys!

OCCUPATION Retired broadcaster.

RESIDENCE Hope Valley.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN Chelsea, Mass.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME Getting in the car with my wife with absolutely no destination in mind and driving and exploring all day long.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT Having served our country.

WHAT I HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR Realizing that the music I played and the words I said on the air were more important than I was. That it was my job — to be the messenger and not the message.

TOP ITEM ON MY BUCKET LIST Not to kick it too soon!

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET A coin of every denomination. Always a half dollar, quarter, dime, nickel and penny.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP Frank Sinatra, but that was already taken. My second choice was a broadcaster.

PERSON OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST Charles Schulz.

FAVORITE AUTHOR Charles Schulz.

LAST BOOK READ “On and Off the Court,” by Red Auerbach.

FAVORITE SONG “Stardust,” played by Artie Shaw.

FAVORITE MOVIE “Saving Private Ryan.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW “Brooklyn Bridge.”

FAVORITE PET If you’re an animal lover, it is impossible to ever pick a favorite. They all are and were the favorite. We currently are owned by three black cats: Harriet, Boeheim and Greenberg (the latter named for former Sun Weekend Editor Aaron Greenberg).

FAVORITE FOOD A hot pastrami sandwich with potato salad and a root beer, preferably shared with Tom Lanna.

AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK What’s Facebook?

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE Longevity.

PET PEEVE Drivers who do not use directionals.

FAVORITE QUOTATION “I realize, of course, it’s no great shame to be poor, but it’s no great honor, either. So what would have been the difference if I had a small fortune?” — Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.”

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD Living in Hope Valley affords you peace, quiet, a host of wildlife in your backyard, people who know your name, and yet you’re not far from “civilization” when you feel you want to go there.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Mrs. Mann.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME When I got home after three years overseas during World War II, I weighed a mere 148 pounds and I was hungry. I ate everything in sight, including two pastrami sandwiches every night after dinner. When I returned to Fort Devens 30 days later for my formal discharge, I weighed 212.

BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED “Keep your head down.” — from a drill sergeant at the infiltration course during basic training.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE Do unto others BEFORE they do unto you!

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Give every teacher a politician’s salary and every politician a teacher’s.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS Hire a crooked accountant.

I DRIVE A 2009 Hyundai Sonata.

I WISH I DROVE A 2014 Toyota Camry.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Ingredients for a bloody mary.

IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE Going back to 47 Harvard St. in Chelsea, Mass., and having a simple canned salmon dinner with my mother. We didn’t have much, but we had everything. Those were the good old days ... we just didn’t know then that they were the good old days.

— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro



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