From the editor: Seniority is a new feature that will run occasionally on these pages. It offers a look at the Greatest Generation using a Q&A format. We hope you enjoy reading it.

Q: Where were you born?

A: Flushing, N.Y.

Q: How many years have you lived in Darien?

A: Six years with my daughter, after my wife died.

Q: Married?

A: I was married for over 50 years until my wife died.

Q: Children?

A: Yes, a boy and a girl.

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Q: Retired?

A: Yes.

Q: What was your line of work?

A: I taught drafting in high school.

Q: Is there a moment from your youth that had a special impact on your life?

A: In 1942 until 1946, I was in the Army.

Q: What are your main hobbies or interests?

A: I have always loved working with wood. Any kind of repair or wood turning, I love. I also loved drawing when my eyesight was better.

Q: What is your greatest guilty pleasure?

A: It's not a guilty pleasure, but I really like to make people happy. I like to see them smile.

Q: What achievement in life are you most proud of?

A: I am proud to have made my own life. I was one of 12 kids and I had to work full time starting at age 14. I worked and went to night school and night college to get my degree. I am proud of that and of raising my children.

Q: Do you have any regrets in life?

A: It never helps to look back. I have no regrets. I concentrate on looking forward.

Q: Best piece of advice for the younger generation?

A: If you have a goal work hard to get there. Nothing is free. If you want music at your wedding and can't pay for it, play records.