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