From: Gettysburg born and raised
Educated at: The Evergreen State College, Olympia Washington and Eastern Washington University
Family: My wife Kris, our sons, Walker and Gray, and my stepdaughter, Amanda
Job: Coordinator of the LIU#12 Adams County Literacy Council and Adjunct Instructor at HACC
Job's reward: The privilege of being able to work with so many really outstanding volunteers toward helping people with low literacy skills.
Very first job was: Lifeguard at the Gettysburg College pool
Favorite food: Thai
Pets: My family has four cats, a dog, two birds, a rabbit and a hamster
Hero: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hobbies: Watching films, walks, reading, golf
Pet peeves: Slow lines at grocery store
You collect: Stories
Best friend: Jeff Bartone
Would like to have witnessed what event in history: Creating the paintings on the walls of the Chauvet Cave in France 30,000 years ago
Event that changed your life: Having kids
Scariest moment: The first English Composition class I taught in graduate school
First memory: Looking out our picture window on Johns Avenue waiting for my little brother to come home from the hospital and hoping he'd be a cowboy.
Trait inherited from parents: Freckles
Piece of advice that you live by: Let go and let God
Who deserves a hug: Volunteers!
Favorite reading/author: "Revenge of the Lawn," Richard Brautigan
Favorite spot on earth: Where my kids are
Website you visit most: Google News
One bad habit: Skepticism
Five minutes with: My dad
What skill or lesson would you like to learn? To stay out of my own way
What would people find surprising about you? I've had more than three dozen different jobs in several different occupations.
What would make this world a better place? Universal literacy
What is the best piece of news you received lately that you would like to share? My wife scored as 98 percent likely to pass her nursing boards on her latest practice test.
How would you like to be remembered? As the man my dog thinks I am.
- By Alex J. Hayes, Times managing editor