OCCUPATION: Executive director, Knickerbocker Music Center.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Born in New Bedford, spent my childhood in Florida and went to college in Cambridge.
RIGHT NOW I'M IN THE MIDDLE OF: The transformation and revitalization of the Knickerbocker Café into the Knickerbocker Music Center — with the help of many friends and in association with the United Theater and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: With family, listening to music, sailing and going for long walks.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: My children and grandchildren.
I'D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being a nice guy and not taking life too seriously.
TOP ITEM ON MY BUCKET LIST: Traveling to parts of the world I have yet to see.
I ALWAYS CARRY: A money clip.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: I had no idea. At first I thought I'd go to law school, until I interned at a legal aid society. I went into the restaurant business, owning and managing restaurants in the Mystic area until I came to the Knick.
MY HERO IS: Barack Obama.
FAVORITE AUTHORS: James Lee Burke, Anne Rice.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: "The Accidental Tourist," by Anne Tyler and "Waging Heavy Peace," by Neil young.
I AM LISTENING TO: Neil Young, Jonah Smith, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones, the Mallett Bros band and the amazing musicians who play at the Knick.
FAVORITE MOVIE: "My Cousin Vinny."
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: "Rocketman."
FAVORITE TV SHOW: "60 Minutes."
FAVORITE RADIO SHOW: "Ted Radio Hour" and "Car Talk."
PET PEEVES: Angry people.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The ocean.
CANT LIVE WITHOUT: Being close to the sea.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I like to buy shoes.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: "The easy way out, is rarely the easy way out."
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: "Trust your instinct."
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Teach people to trust everyone as their brother, regardless of their differences.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Get a good accountant.
I DRIVE A: Blue 2008 Volvo, my first car was a blue 1966 Volvo.
I WISH I DROVE A: Pretty happy with my Volvo.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Ice cream.
IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Barack Obama.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro