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.

Charles Haughey enjoys cycling when he's not serving as vice president of the school board. A river view in Florence, the city Haughey rates as the most interesting place he has visited.