From Left: Azie on Main, Penn Relays
Most anticipated area event: Penn Relays weekend, because I’m part of Villanova’s track-and-field alumni group. Everyone comes in from out of town, and we get to see each other and watch the kids run.
Favorite way to let off steam: Running with a friend at either Valley Green or the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.
From Left: Valley Green, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.
Favorite place to take the kids: Mine love to go to the beach with their cousins. They also love all those places where they can bounce their heads off.
Best chance of getting stuck in traffic: The Schuylkill Expressway between City Line and Girard avenues.
If he had 30 minutes to himself, he would: Nap. And if I was at the beach, I’d go for a swim.
Most unique thing about the area: How parochial it is. It seems like everybody knows everybody, particularly if you’re from Delaware County. There’s two degrees of separation. And I like the fact that community ties bind people together.
A story that’s stuck with him: I attended our Christmas party with my children, who have development challenges, and it was magnetic. [The experience] touched my children to the point where they just began to ask questions that were so profound. The empathy light went on in my head, and I realized that you could be pretty spooked if you see someone with a disability. They might be grunting or have tics or physical differences—even to the point where you might turn away. But my children didn’t, and it just changed me. For me, this is more than doing someone a favor by sitting on a board and helping out.
If he could own any car, it would be: The new Gullwing Tesla. I think it’s pretty cool. How often do you get a minivan that goes to 60 in 3.8 seconds?
On Villanova basketball’s big season: I went to school from 1981 to 1985, competed in the Villanova cross-country and track program, and had a great experience. Now, 31 years later, to see these young kids accomplish so much, it’s great.