» Book on his night stand: The Life of John A. Andrew (by Henry Greenleaf Pearson). He was governor of Massachusetts from 1861 to 1865. I’m preparing a lecture for the Union League of Philadelphia roundtable on the war governors during the Civil War.
» iPod song on repeat: Bob Seger’s “Roll Me Away.” I enjoy biking, and I relate to where he gets on a motorcycle in the song and just takes off and rides.
» Restaurant of the hour: The Old Guard House in Gladwyne. The service is great, and the food is always done well.
» Personal heroes: I admire Abraham Lincoln because he led by putting himself second. I always admired Ronald Reagan because, whether you agreed with him or not, he was firm in his conviction. And John Paul II showed us how to love without condition.
» One thing he knows for sure: It’s important to live and love fully.
» Very own vici: My two daughters, Kathryn, a senior at Penn Charter, and Claire, a freshman at Radnor High School.
» Zen destination: Acadia National Park in Maine. I’ve gone four straight years; I just love going there. On Sept. 4, my girlfriend and I noticed a large bird approaching our car. As it came closer, we saw it was a bald eagle. It was one of the best sights from the entire trip.
» Pet peeve: Rude drivers.
» Most marked characteristic: My beard.
» Life view: chance or fate? Fate, because of life reconnection.
» Quality he admires most in others: Generosity.
» Mantra: Enjoy life.
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