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Where all have you lived? Where do you live now?
Grew up on Long Island, got married and lived in Bedford in Westchester County, NY from 1974 - 1995. Then 10 years in Irving, TX, 2 in Scottsdale, AZ, and since 2006, in Granville, NY. Where in the world is Granville, NY? It is upstate New York, due East of Glens Falls and right on the Vermont border.
About your family:
I am married to Christina B. Schieffelin, and my identical sons are Schuyler and Lindsay.
What kind of work did/do you do?
After Lake Forest College, I worked in sales/service at Reynolds Metals in NYC, moving into industrial sales after a year. From there I went to Harvard Business School, graduating in 1974. Then it was on to various positions in senior management in the corporate world, specializing in marketing. I retired in 2004 and became a personal trainer for my second career. My sons and I now run a small fitness center in Granville, NY. We specialize in helping people who are older, out-of-condition, and who have health or physical challenges.
How do you spend your leisure time?
I play guitar with the worship team in my church, I keep abreast of world affairs, as well as politics in the US (I am a lifelong Republican), and I read whenever possible. With still being active in our fitness center, which is open 6 days/week, my leisure time is less than I would like. I love what I do, however, so life is good!
What are your community involvements?
I have been involved in numerous volunteer, nonprofit organizations over the years concerned with a variety of causes. Right now I am mostly involved in our church in one capacity or another.
Things you've learned to be true in the last 50 years...
That you have to give a smile to get a smile. That you have a choice every morning when you get up, either to be grumpy and a victim or to make it a great day for someone else. That you get FAR more when you give than when you receive. That God loves us miserable sinners FAR more than we could ever possibly understand. That family is #1 of all your priorities. And that every day is a gift. One of my favorite books was Robert Fulgum’s All I Really Needed To Know I Learned in Kindergarten.
Things you've seen in the last 50 years that were spectacular...
The march of technology has been absolutely mind-boggling. So has progress in medicine since 1968. That a new born child is just as much a miracle today as it was back then. That in 50 years, mankind is just as stupid about how to treat one another as ever. That a world leader like Ronald Reagan, and like Margaret Thatcher, can change the world for the better.
Things that have surprised you in the last 50 years....
I never expected technological change like we have seen, or that the footwear Crocks would ever be popular as it is. I am amazed at how being in nature is still so beautiful, and I am thankful for that after years in “suburbia”. What also has surprised me is how our political process has degenerated in the last 20 years. Both parties used to stand for something. Now, I have a difficult time understanding what the Democrats stand for. All they seem to do is protest everything, call people names, and refuse to listen to anyone. While many Republicans are no better, the Democrats seem to have drifted way off to the Left. It has gotten to the point where it is almost impossible to have a reasoned, civilized discussion with a more liberal Democrat without them getting angry. I think this is really sad. We were taught about freedom of speech in school, that everyone should have a chance to be heard. Now no one with conservative views is even allowed on most campuses. Sign of the times, unfortunately.
Things that have disappointed you in the last 50 years...
As I mentioned before, the political discourse has degenerated markedly in our country. Also, the mores and civility in our country have practically disappeared. Today the attitude is, anything goes. There is a lack of responsibility. A lack of respect. And a lack of interest in the truth. I also think that we have become too fiscally irresponsible. We think we can spend money we don’t have. That is true of individuals using credit and countries using debt. There is always a day of reckoning when one has too much debt. It is like a drug. Our Congress (and most other governments) continue to spend money like it’s free. First of all, it’s OUR money. Second of all, all politicians are too cowardly to try to pass a balanced budget. They are too interested in keeping their own little power fiefdoms. Everyone is out for him or her self today. Not for the greater good.
Have you had a life changing event?
I have actually had 3. First was marrying Christina. She has been an inspiration and bastion of strength for me. Second was the birth of our identical twin boys, Schuyler and Lindsay. That event changed my life forever, and for the better. Third, I discovered God. I spent years wondering about what was the meaning of life. Why were we here? Were we just some random event? Then one day when I was in my 40ties, I had a few events that made me realize that there was a God, even if He was invisible. And that He had placed the Holy Spirit in me to help guide me in all my life decisions. It was a true awakening, and it has helped me understand so much more about life.
What are you most proud of?
I had to do a difficult exercise years ago. Write my own epitaph. What would I want people to say about me when I died? It made me realize that it’s not about money or material possessions, although those are nice. It is about your family first and foremost. And then the people around you. I am most proud of my wife and my two sons. And I am proud of what I have become. I was very shy at Lake Forest, and I had no self-confidence. I have learned to become a man.
Other thoughts you'd like to share:
I am not a very good correspondent, so I have not done a very good job keeping up with old friends over the years. Yet I look forward to seeing my classmates at Lake Forest like we had just graduated yesterday. It’s exciting!
Who you're most looking forward to seeing at the reunion:
Like most of us, I had my own preferred circle of friends while at Lake Forest. But I always enjoyed seeing a lot of people. So while I will be most excited to see those I knew best, it is always great to catch up with everyone. We were a very special and unique class!