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.

Vietnamese refugee Tang Van Chu, 76, of Westport, restored the antique frame around the official portrait of President George W. Bush recently unveiled at the White House.

But Chu says his greatest pride is putting six children through New York University, paying with earnings from his antique restoration work.

During the interview, Chu also declared he is not retired. He works three days a week at the world-famous House of Heydenryk antique picture frame establishment in New York City.

Q: How long have you lived in Westport?

A: One year, but in the United States since 1975.

Q: Are you married?

A: 48 years to Chi Kin Chu.

Q: Children, grandchildren?

A: Six children, four grandchildren.

Q: Are you retired?

A: No.

Q: What do you do?

A: Restore antique furniture and frames.

Q: What did you want to do when you grew up in North Vietnam?

A: To be a great artist.

Q: What was a significant memory or defining moment in your childhood?

A: I was always inspired to paint landscapes in Vietnam. I also taught art in high school.

Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?

A: Gardening, painting.

Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?

A: Anything by Pablo Picasso.

Q: What achievement are you most proud of?

A: Putting six children through New York University.

Q: Best piece of advice for younger generation?

A: Work hard and believe in yourself.

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

A: Peace over the world.

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