Seniority/ PR pro looks forward to new venture
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.
In the following interview, John Hendrickson, 71, advises the younger generation to be respectful, enjoy your work and smile -- since you're on the right side of the sod. If he had a magic wand, Hendrickson would wish for global peace and, selfishly, profitability for his new company, BuyLogic.
Q: How long have you lived in Westport?
A: 25 years.
Q: Are you married?
A: 35 years to Carole.
A: None on the horizon but 14 grand nieces and nephews. Ten are under 10.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A politician.
Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?
A: Reading and scouring New England antiques with Carole.
Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?
A: A mural I bought when DeRosa's closed. By Bernice Logan, the 28-by-15-inch mural shows the bridge, fire house, the big Gault oil tank.
Q: What is your favorite piece of music?
A: The soundtrack to the Beatles' "Love."
Q: Do you have a favorite movie?
A: "Crazy, Stupid, Love." It really makes you laugh.
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: Dwight Eisenhower. He gave us the Transportation Highway Bill that linked the country.
Q: If you could tell the President of the United States one thing, what would that be?
A: To believe that it's business, not government, that creates jobs. I believe business will create jobs if you take the hand-cuffs off and allow business to do what it can do to create jobs.
Q: What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
A: Martinis floating olives stuffed with cheese. First the pimento must be removed.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Drivers who speed short distances in town.
Q: Do you have any regrets in life?
A: One. I resigned from a good company because I had no respect for my boss. We just couldn't get along. Later, he was fired.
Q: What achievements of yours are you most proud of?
A: Other than my family, assisting in the start of newspaper inserts with coupons. That changed a lot of things to this day.
Q: What, if anything, are you greatly concerned about?
A: The direction of the country and the obviously-sinking economy.
Q: Best piece of advice for the younger generation?
A: Most important, just be respectful, enjoy the work you do, and smile. You're on the right side of the sod.
Q: What brings you your greatest joy?
A: My family. No doubt.
Q: What are you looking forward to?
A: Oh, I guess, to have my first grandchild.
Q: If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for?
A: Global peace and, selfishly, success for my new company, BuyLogic.