OCCUPATION: Festival producer.
RESIDENCE: Wakefield on the Charlestown line.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Born in Pawtucket, raised in East Providence and Blackstone, Mass.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Preparing for the 22nd annual Rhythm & Roots Festival.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: With my family; my wife and our three kids and nine grandkids; and at an outdoor music festival with some ice cold beverages.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Surviving as an independent festival producer for nearly 40 years in a corporate environment.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being fair and honest and never screwing anyone over.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: A visit to Ireland.
I ALWAYS CARRY: Attitude.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: I'm doing it now. It took me quite a while to grow up.
PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOST INFLUENCED ME: My immigrant grandparents.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: James Burke.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: "Bluegrass, Newgrass, Old-Time, and Americana Music," by Craig Harris.
I AM LISTENING TO: Rhythm and roots artists for this year's festival. I have a lot of choices.
FAVORITE MOVIE: "Local Hero."
FAVORITE TV SHOW: I really don't watch TV.
FAVORITE RADIO SHOW: "Tradtions," on WRIU 90.3 FM.
FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC: Roots music.
TOP COMFORT FOOD: Shrimp and black bean tacos with salsa verde.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook.
TRAITS I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty, straightforwardness ... no BS.
PET PEEVES: When people lie.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: "Intelligence has limitations, but stupidity has no bounds."
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Solitude.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Music.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I used to be 6'3". Now I am 6'. And my feet have grown ... it happens with age.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Be true to yourself.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Don’t do it.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Give everyone a paid month off.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Pay off our mortgage and our kids' mortgages.
I DRIVE A: A soccer mom van ... a red 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan so our nine grandkids have room.
I WISH I DROVE A: A vintage Jeep Commander.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Leftovers.
IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Billie Holiday.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro