15 minutes with … a school principal
Age: 62Place of Birth: Burlington, Wisc.Occupation: Principal at St. Stephen’s School (K-8)When did you move to Garfield County and why? My wife and I moved here after living in Pueblo since 1996. We built our dream cabin home and have lived here for about six years and absolutely love it.First thing you’d buy after winning the lottery? I’d pay my mortgage, my kids’ mortgage, then build a gymnasium for St. Stephen’s.First job? I was an athletic director at a junior college in Fox Valley, Wisc.Best vacation ever? I’d have to say the first time we came out west as a family. Seeing my kids ski down Snowmass was a great feeling as a father.What do you do in your spare time? Anything outdoors. I like to hike, bicycle ride, go skiing. I also like to read a lot at nighttime. Greatest Accomplishment? Seeing St. Stephen’s do well, as it is a constant challenge financially. But it is really great to see that each year it gets more stable. Ever had a book, movie, or news event change your life? Hurricane Katrina made me realize how vulnerable our lives are. It made me respectful of nature, appreciate every person, when I didn’t really think about it before. Vietnam was also really life-changing, it was the scariest thing ever. I was young and in college and I saw people being drafted.Best piece of advice you’ve ever received; or a cliché to live by? I was always told, and I still tell my kids, that you should always turn a negative into a positive. Make lemonade.As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a professional football player, a college coach, a president of a large university. Now I just want to help people. If you only had three TV channels, what channels would you pick? The History Channel, CNN news channel, and I hate to say it but … a sports channel. If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would they be, what would you serve, and what would you talk about? I would invite the new Pope because he’s very intriguing, and he seems very intelligent. We would eat fish and talk about what’s inside his head. I’d ask questions about how to help mankind and world peace.What’s the greatest invention of all time? The telephone because it helped to open communication to the world.
Movie: “Must Love Dogs.” I thought it was wonderfulBreakfast Cereal: CheeriosSinger: Neil DiamondAthlete: Tiger WoodsWeb site: Anything with travel destinationsPlace in Garfield County: My home, we have such a beautiful view of the mountains.Sport to Watch: Football
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