Getting to Know… Kenneth Joseph Serfass

Darryl Wheeler/Gettysburg Times Ken

Age: 48

Lives: Gettysburg

From: Bethlehem

Educated at: United States Marine Corps for 20 years

Family: Wife Gail, Daughter Erin

Job: Two Living History Impressions as US Grant, and also leading the US Marine Band of the Civil War, freelance tuba player, composer, arranger and private brass teacher

Job’s reward: Sharing my passion for our national heritage

What I hate about my job: Not enough hours in a day to share all I want to share.

Very first job was: Playing tuba in the Marine Corps

Favorite food: Chocolate

Pets: Maddie, dog; Louie, cat

Hero: Ulysses S. Grant

Hobbies: American Band Music, Trains, Wood Working

Pet peeves: People who don’t reply to emails and phone calls, people who back out of deals, people who refuse to accept they aren’t the be-all end-all of knowledge and somebody else may know something they don’t

You collect: 19th Century Brass Horns

Best friend: My wife

Would like to have witnessed what event in history: Lee and Grant meeting at Appomattox Courthouse, Va.

Event that changed your life: United States Marine Corps Recruit Training

Your scariest moment: Slipping over the falls in the Lehigh River in Northampton Pennsylvania at age 11

Your first memory: Christmas right before being of school age, and a family friend would visit us dressed as Santa Claus.

Trait inherited from parents: Try not to throw anything out that can still be used

Piece of advice that you live by: Like Ulysses S. Grant, if you run into an obstacle, you push on through it or go around it to your goal.

Who needs a hug? We could ALL use that!

Favorite reading/author: Kurt Vonnegut

Favorite spot on earth: Anywhere I can sit with my dog, Maddie

Website you visit most: Does Facebook count?

Would like concert tickets to see: Tony Bennett

One bad habit: I tend to sleep late too often.

Three items on your bucket list: 1. Grant’s Birthplace at Point Pleasant Ohio 2. Grant’s Cottage at Mt. McGregor New York 3. Grant’s Tomb

Five minutes with: Ulysses S. Grant – 5 YEARS wouldn’t be enough!

What skill or lesson would you like to learn? Speaking fluent German

What would people find surprising about you? I can be sensitive to issues beyond my belief system

What would make this world a better place? The end of “Political Correctness”

What is the best piece of news you received lately that you would like to share? My work as US Grant has gained wider notice and is leading to more opportunities to tell his story.

How would you like to be remembered? As a positive influence in my work and activity

– By Alex J. Hayes,

Times managing editor

(3) comments

UTZ Futz

Looks like all the years at the bottom of the whiskey barrel have taken a toll on the Grant impersonator.


that's a brave thing to say behind a computer screen, and ignorant too. Maybe you should meet me so we can discuss your misunderstandings about Grant's alleged alcohol problem, but I doubt it. You strike me as the kind that will sit behind your computer and make sophomoric, snarky comments. I can't wait to see what genius comment will come next from you. Seriously, if you care to learn the truth, contact me.

UTZ Futz

Grant's drinking is well documented. I'm rather familiar with history, thank you. But if I ever need tips on "Just for Men" beard application, I'll look you up.

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