My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you've collected nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.” (Prof. Harold Hill in Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN).
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. My friends would say that whichever historical figure I'm currently writing about is one whose name they hear way too often! Sometimes, they feel compelled to remind me that these people are not still alive.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Without a doubt, my father, a World War II veteran who received the Bronze Star for heroism in combat and will be 90 in a few days-- and also President Obama.
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. In the Oval Office, shaking President Obama's hand.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honesty, reliability, compassion.