OCCUPATION: Technical writer at Electric Boat, archivist for the Westerly Historical Society, and freelance genealogist.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Born and raised in Westerly.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Working with the committee that's organized the "Our Story: 350 Years," an exhibit currently on display at the Westerly Public Library's Hoxie Gallery; writing local history articles for WesterlyLife; preparing for a talk I will be giving at the Babcock Smith House on Feb. 24 about the history of basketball at Westerly High School and cataloging and accessioning the Dwight C. Brown Collection for the Westerly Historical Society.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Reading, writing (particularly about local and sports history), and, believe it or not, organizing everything I can get my hands on (my wife, Anna, got me a label maker for my birthday, and I started using it right away!)
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Finishing my thesis “The Cold War Common Man: Johnny Unitas’ Role as a Symbol of Cold War Masculinity, 1956-1970” which was the final step in receiving my master's degree.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being a good husband, son, brother, and friend. Also for preserving local history for future generations.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: To visit Acri, Calabria, where my Italian ancestors originated and Poitiers, France, where my ancestor, Jean Garceau dit Tranchemontagne was born.
I ALWAYS CARRY: Theusual wallet, phone, and keys in my pockets, and a pencil behind my ear ... because I always find myself taking notes.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: Third baseman for the Red Sox (still waiting for my tryout...)
PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOST INFLUENCED ME: I am who I am today largely because of my parents. As I get older, I feel as though I act like them more and more, which isn't a bad thing. One day, when I have children of my own, if I can do even half as good of a job raising them as my parents did with me, then I will feel I succeeded.
FAVORITE AUTHORS: Ernest Hemingway and Richard Matheson.
BOOKS ON MY NIGHT STAND: "Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster," by Stephen L. Carter and "The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968," by George Howe Colt.
I AM LISTENING TO: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Sonny Rollins, and Deer Tick.
FAVORITE MOVIES: "Singin' in the Rain," (Donald O'Connor singing "Make 'Em Laugh" never fails to cheer me up) or "American Psycho," (Christian Bale is fantastic in it, as always.)
FAVORITE TV SHOW: When I'm not watching the Red Sox or Patriots, the "Twilight Zone" is my program of choice.
FAVORITE RADIO SHOW: Pretty much any show on NPR.
FAVORITE SONG: “Tonight, Tonight” by the Smashing Pumpkins.
TOP COMFORT FOOD: Anna’s chicken and waffles.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: I really don’t use them anymore, but I check Facebook occasionally.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: When people work hard and keep themselves educated in any way they can.
PET PEEVES: As basic as it sounds, people who are not nice and don’t have any manners. I just have a hard time believing that it is difficult to treat each other with respect and to say “please” and “thank you.”
FAVORITE QUOTATION: "What Jefferson was saying was, 'Hey! You know, we left this England place 'cause it was bogus; so if we don't get some cool rules ourselves - pronto - we'll just be bogus too! Get it?'"- Jeff Spicoli's simplified version of American history from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: I love that Westerly is simultaneously a typical New England town while also being completely unique from anywhere else I’ve ever been. Also, the food. When I lived in Baltimore, no one knew what soupy was.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Something to keep me busy. When I don’t have a task or a job to do, I don’t know what to do with myself!
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I am one of the few people my age who has only read one of the Harry Potter books ... the first one. I just never got around to reading the rest of them.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: I will never forget when my mother told me “be proud of the work you do.” Ever since then, I always make sure that whatever I do, I do it well enough to take pride in a job well done.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Work hard and it will show. It may not always be fun to do things that are difficult, but if you put in the effort and try your best, people will notice.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Ban metal paperclips. When they rust, they destroy the papers they are holding together, which is very bad for archival preservation.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO : I'd start out being sensible and pay all my bills, but once that was taken care of, I would travel to all of the places I want to go but have never had the chance like Ireland, Canada and Greece.
I DRIVE A: Red 2014 Ford Focus.
I WISH I DROVE A: I’ve been looking into upgrading to a truck for a while. Now that I have a house, I find myself driving back and forth to Home Depot a lot.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Cherry Coke Zero.
IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: Johnny Unitas, King Richard I of England and Dolly Parton. The first two because I have both read and written about them quite a bit and I would have so many questions. Dolly because I have never heard a single person say a bad thing about her and she seems like the most genuinely kind person, so I think she would be great to be around.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro