Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of chats with local seniors about their lives, youthful aspirations, sources of pride and regret, plus a bit of wisdom to share with younger folks.

Paul Lane, 84, during a recent interview, recalled his 23-year football coaching career at Staples High School. He tries never to miss a game these days, but mum's the word when he's in the stands.

Lane started as a sweat-band finisher for hats in his family's Danbury leather business before taking a part-time job at Staples when leather workers went on strike. He stayed at Staples at the suggestion of his father, who observed that Paul went to work early, stayed late. That was the start of his coaching career with Wrecker teams.

His son, Skip Lane, was the only Wrecker to make it to the pros, becoming a defensive lineman for the Jets.

Q: How long have you lived in Westport?

A: 58 years.

Q: Are you married?

A: To Pat Snell for 50 years. Widowed five years.

Q: Are you retired?

A: Yes, 23 years.

Q: What did you do when you worked full-time?

A: I was the football coach at Staples High School.

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?

A: To teach kids sports.

Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?

A: Golf, tennis three times a week on private courts, watching Wreckers play football.

Q: What is your favorite work of art?

A: The "Mona Lisa."

Q: What music do you listen to?

A: Country.

Q: Who do you think was the best president of the United States?

A: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He knew what had to be done and did it.

Q: If you could tell President Obama one thing, what would that be?

A: Balance the budget.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?

A: People who raise their voices. I could never coach people who yell.

Q: What achievements are you most proud of?

A: My four kids.

Q: What are you greatly concerned about?

A: The environment.

Q: Best piece of advice for the younger generation?

A: Believe in God and read.

Q: What are you looking forward to?

A: Playing tennis at 100 and more grandkids and great-grandchildren.

Q: What brings you greatest joy?

A: My family.

Q: If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for?

A: One God for all.

pmccormack@bcnnew.com; 203-255-4561, ext. 116