Getting to Know... Robert Walker Daniels


Age: 59

Lives: Gettysburg

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

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