Seniority/Longtime Westporter stays busy
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.
Lee Greenberg, 93, of Westport, wants President Obama to put New York Times' Paul Krugman on his economic advisory team because, she says, he predicted everything that has gone wrong with the economy during the Obama administration. She said he is the wizard who can point the way to a healthy economy.
Q: How long have you lived in Westport?
A: 71 years, coming from Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan.
Q: Are you married?
A: Not currently. Was over 40 years to real estate developer Nat Greenberg who died in 1984 at 78. Then was married to diamond merchant Jacques Sterberg who died in 1995.
A: Four and three stepchildren.
A: Eight and two great grandchildren.
Q: Are you retired?
A: No. I still manage my businesses, professions and properties in Westport, Block Island, Virgin Islands and Vermont. I am a sculptor and have organized and participated in sculpture shows in Rhode Island, the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport and the Tennis Show for the Indoor National Championships in Philadelphia. I have for many years hosted an At Home Salon of Cultural events in my home on Duck Pond Road.
Q: What did you do previously?
A: I was always involved in Nat Greenberg's businesses. He was a real estate developer and also ran hardware stores on Main Street and had relatives involved with Greenberg's Department Store on Main Street. One day Nat Greernberg, on request, delivered a new American Flag to Eleanor Roosevelt who was visiting Lillian D. Wald, a Westporter who also lived in Manhattan.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be someone who lived in the country. And I got to do that when marrying Nat Greenberg.
Q: What was a significant memory or defining moment in your childhood?
A: Trips to the country.
Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?
A: Sculpting. I have been a member of the Stanley Bleifeld Sculpture Studio Group since 1965. It recently has become The New Canaan Sculpture Studio at the Barn at Waveny Park in New Canaan. My late husband, Nat Greenberg, started Rotary in Westport. He also was a founder of Birchwood Country Club. I am delighted to be a Rotarian. It is a wonderful way to participate in doing meaningful people projects worldwide.
Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?
A: Stanley Bleifeld landscapes.
Q: What music do you listen to?
A: Classical. I have been on the board of the Norwalk Symphony for years.
Q: Do you have a favorite actor or actress?
Q: Who do you think was the best President of the United States and why?
A: Bill Clinton. He left the country in the best shape in years.
Q: If you could tell President Obama one thing, what would that be?
A: To put Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman from the New York Times on his economic advisory team.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: The party of NO.
Q: What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
A: I love card games, especially bridge.
Q: Do you have any regrets in life?
A: Not at this point in time.
Q: What achievements of yours are you most proud?
A: My children and current activities.
Q: What, if anything, are you greatly concerned about?
A: The worsening economy.
Q: Best piece of advice for the younger generation?
A: Education, education, education and be kind, kind, kind.
Q: What brings you your greatest joy?
A: Water scenes, beaches, playing card games, and, in the past, playing tennis.
Q: What are you looking forward to?
A: Better economic times; political sense; and a world that outlaws war.