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.
Public accountant Herbert Koehler, 73, a Fairfield resident 69 years, has followed in his father's footsteps, taking up his profession.
His favorite movie is "Forrest Gump." The achievement of which he is most proud of is the respect he gets from his clients.
A life deacon at the United Congregational Church of Bridgeport, Koehler's main hobbies and interests include Bible study.
During this Seniority interview, Koehler also said he has been married to Doris for 43 years. The couple has three grown children and four grandchildren. He derives his greatest joy from family.
If he could tell President Obama one thing, it would be he needs to be a President with great vision to help move the country forward.
Q: How long have you lived in Fairfield?
A: 69 years.
Q: Are you married?
A: To Doris for 43 years.
Q: Children, grandchildren?
A: Three grown children; four grandchildren.
Q: Are you retired?
Q: What do you do?
A: Public accounting.
Q: What did you want to do when you grew up?
A: A public accountant, like my dad.
Q: What was a significant memory or defining moment in your childhood?
A: Dad's example of being a public accountant.
Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?
A: Gardening, photography, Bible study.
Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?
A: Church architecture.
Q: What music do you listen to?
A: Classical, pop.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: "Forrest Gump."
Q: Favorite movie stars?
Q: What TV do you watch regularly?
A: PBS, Channel 13.
Q: Who do you think was the best President of the United States?
A: President Dwight Eisenhower. He kept the country together and forged the national highway system.
Q: What brings you your greatest joy?
A: My family.
Q: If you could tell President Obama one thing, what would that be?
A: He needs to be a president of great vision to help move the country forward.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Politicians thinking of themselves rather than their country.
Q: Do you have any regrets in life?
A: No. I've been blessed with a wonderful wife and great children, grandchildren. I couldn't have wished for anything more.
Q: What achievements of yours are you most proud of?
A: The respect my clients have of me.
Q: What, if anything, are you greatly concerned about?
A: The decline of our economy the last 25 to 35 years.
Q: Best piece of advice for the younger generation?
A: Take life seriously; prepare for the future.
Q: What are you looking forward to?
A: Having time to do things I haven't had time for: writing, photography, volunteering at church.
Q: If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for?
A: World peace.
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