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.

Q: Children?

A: Two.

Q: Grandchildren?

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?

A: John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Bette Davis.

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.