The Skinny: What Makes You You?
Memorial Hospital, Jasper, Indiana
Born and raised in Jasper, Indiana. I have always tended to stay put. After school in Bloomington, Indiana, I stayed there for some years. So, I lived in Jasper for 18 years, Bloomington, Indiana for 9, and I've been in Chicago ever since.
A chef. Never any doubt about it. In retrospect, it seems so strange that I went into music for college.
I was a paper boy for the Louisville Courier-Journal. I was probably twelve. It was a lot of fun because I was the only carrier for that paper in town, unlike the local paper which had a dozen or so. This meant my route covered the whole town with a lot of room to ride in between stops. I was quite the boy about town!
No, at that time I thought I would wind up teaching music. Turns out that was a temporary diversion. From a very young age I wanted to be a chef. Then, I fell in love with trombone.
History and Music, trombone specifically. I'm still always working on a history-related book for pure enjoyment. Human history is such a fascinating thing, and I think it can often provide a window into the future.
You not only have to do what you love, but also what you can excel in.
Pretty much just English, though I have history with both German and Spanish. I'm terribly out of practice on those languages, but they are definitely still in my head, somewhere.
I don't think I won any of those, although if "most eccentric" was an option, I probably would have won that
A sommelier, because I love wine and it is so central to the pursuit of a perfect dining experience. Wine is endlessly interesting, with geography and history playing major parts, two of my favorite subjects.
Win Marching Bands of America Nationals