Seniority/Veteran stock trader advises younger generation to 'study hard'
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.
Veteran stock trader Wally Sutherland, 72, grandfather of 11, wishes President Obama to buy into the dictum that the government that governs the least governs the best. Sutherland made that point during a Westport News Seniority interview when asked one thing he would like to tell President Obama.
Asked who was the best President of the United States, meanwhile, Sutherland quickly named President Ronald Reagan. He said President Reagan gave citizens pride in their country and also showed the world America is a force for good.
On a lighter note, Sutherland was asked to name his greatest guilty pleasure. He couldn't tell because it's a secret. But he did disclose his biggest pet peeve: folks who talk loudly on cell phones and parents who can't control their kids in public.
Q: How long have you lived in Westport?
A: 68 years.
Q: Are you married?
A: Yes, 44 years to Patricia.
A: Four: Susan, Sarah, Courtney, Kathryn.
A: Eleven, ranging in age from almost two months to 13 years.
Q: Are you retired?
A: Yes, reluctantly.
Q: What did you do when you worked full-time?
A: I was a stock trader for major brokerage houses. It was challenging and fun.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A salesman. A lot of relatives were salesmen and they seemed to lead interesting lives.
Q: What was a significant memory or defining moment in your childhood?
A: We had a close-knit home life surrounded by a feeling of contentment. I felt things were good in my limited frame of reference.
Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?
A: Love to travel. Recently we came back from a 10-day cruise on a 450-foot yacht in Italy with 190 passengers. It was exceptional. We met many from Scotland and England.
Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?
Q: What music do you listen to?
A: Classical and jazz.
Q: Do you have a favorite movie?
A: The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Q: Do you have a favorite actor, actress?
Q: What TV show do you watch regularly?
Q: Who do you think was the best President of the United States?
A: President Ronald Reagan. He gave us pride in our country. He showed the world America is a force for good.
Q: If you could tell President Obama one thing, what would that be?
A: Get out of the people's way. Don't tie people to endless rules and regulations. Understand that government that governs the least governs the best.
Q: What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
A: It's a secret. I can't tell you.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: People who talk loudly on cell phones and parents who can't control their kids in public.
Q: Do you have any regrets in life?
A: That I didn't pay better attention in school.
Q: What achievements of yours are you most proud of?
A: My family and that we managed to provide our children with a college education. We are a very close family. My wife Patricia and I are proud of that. We all get along.
Q: What, if anything are you greatly concerned about?
A: The divisiveness in this country, the sorry state of morality and the lack of good character.
Q: Best piece of advice for the younger generation?
A: Study hard, learn about your country. Be proud of what your county has done, not only for you but for the whole world.
Q: What brings you your greatest joy?
A: Seeing the good guys win.
Q: What are you looking forward to?
A: Being productive and looking for challenges.
Q: If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for?
A: Peace and harmony throughout the world.