That philosophy represents my approach to life and becomes more important the older I get. After losing my dad to cancer in February, 2010, the truth of that statement became even more in focus.
When I’m not working, I enjoy a number of different passions and hobbies. My interest in music began the day I saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show in 1962. I remember bugging my mom until she took me to buy their first album. Since then I’ve never lost that passion, even learning to play the guitar so I could emulate my favorites. Although I grew up in the 60s and 70s, my musical horizons include such diverse artists as Blink 182, Brooks & Dunn and The Cars. I’ve had the privilege to see many of my favorites in concert including: Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix (just months before he died), Eric Clapton (multiple times), Brooks & Dunn and The Rolling Stones.
I am also a lifelong Los Angeles Dodgers fan and have had the privilege of covering them in Spring Training for several years. One of the highlights of that was interviewing Tommy Lasorda and several of the current players. The other sport I’m passionate about is college basketball and specifically the University of Arizona Wildcats. I had the privilege of meeting Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson after the ‘Cats won the 1997 NCAA Championship.
Reading is something else I enjoy, especially anything from Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn. In addition, I read a lot of biographies and books related to political topics. I’m working on my own political thriller which (someday) will be finished!