Birthplace and date: Camden, N.J.; May 23, 1929.
Marital status: Married.
Children: two adult daughters -- Megan in San Francisco; Eleanor in Charlotte.
Schools children attended: Both attended Lakewood, Woodley Gardens and College Gardens elementary schools and Julius West Middle School; Eleanor graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in 1988.
College: University of Pennsylvania; BS 1953, MS 1957, EdD 1974.
Celebrity I most resemble: Alistair Cooke, according to my wife.
Most notable characteristic or personality trait: Patience.
Languages other than English spoken by you and your family: None.
I'd love to trade places for a day with: Andrew Gardner, our grandson.
Nobody knows I: have never had the opportunity to be a full-time, daytime college student for a full year because I had to work my way through school until I earned a scholarship.
Favorite quote: For immediate circumstances, I'd choose Franklin Roosevelt's inaugural assurance: "Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." For the long term, I'd choose Polonius's full advice to Laertes (Hamlet), a bit too long for this purpose but well represented by its conclusion: "This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man."
Best movie I've ever seen: "12 Angry Men."
Best book I've ever read: "A Tale of Two Cities," by Charles Dickens.
Favorite subjects in high school: English (challenging teachers, awed by classics: Shakespeare, Dickens).
My study habits as a student: Deadline diligence.
All-time favorite TV show: "The West Wing."
Restaurant in my district where parents would most likely run into me: Hard Times.
Car I drive: Infiniti.
Best car I've ever had: The current Infiniti.
Person in history I would most want to meet: Thomas Jefferson.
Most important influence in my life: My wife.
Favorite place to vacation: Colorado snow country.
Most interesting place I've ever visited: Florence, Italy.
Pet peeve: Long-windedness.
Impression people have of me that I would most like to change: Too deliberate.
Impression people have of Montgomery County schools that I would most like to change: Unresponsive.