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.

David Aldrich, 65, recalls 24-hour days that spanned his lifetime career after graduating from the Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point, N.Y. He said between cellphones and satellite communications, he was tied down around the clock dealing with oil tanker captains in the middle of precarious situations.

Spinning classical music twice a week at WMNR in Monroe adds to Aldrich's retirement bliss. He and his wife Naomi also regularly visit shut-in members from St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and he also has guy pals he meets with three times a week to play golf and bowl.

Q: How long have you lived in Fairfield?

A: 21 years.

Q: Are you married?

A: To Naomi for 22 years.

Q: Children, grandchildren?

A: One son, a patent attorney, I raised as a single parent. Three grandchildren, including twins, 11.

Q: Are you retired?

A: Yes. I love it.

Q: What did you do when you worked full-time?

A: As a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point, N.Y., I managed fleets of oil tankers cruising seas around the globe. With the advent of cellphones and satellite communications, I was on duty 24 hours a day.

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

A: I was the first grandchild to go to college.

Q: What are your main hobbies and interests?

A: I run live classical music programs twice a week at WMNR in Monroe. I also play golf and bowl three times a week with senior guys from Fairfield. Always hoping to break 100 on the links at Smith-Richardson. My wife and I also regularly visit shut-ins from St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Q: What TV show do you watch regularly?

A: Jerry Seinfeld. There's a "Seinfeld" episode that fits about everything that happens in life.

Q: Who do you think was the best president of the United States and why?

A: President Clinton. Times were good. He was willing to listen and to compromise.

Q: If you could tell President Obama one thing, what would it be?

A: We've got to stop being so polarized. Stop the class war.

Q: What is your greatest guilty pleasure?

A: Pizza.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?

A: That the people who run this country don't seem to be able to work together.

Q: What achievements of yours are you most proud of?

A: The son that I raised when I was a single parent.

Q: What, if anything, are you greatly concerned about?

A: The long-term future of the country.

Q: Best piece of advice for the younger generation?

A: Follow your dreams.

Q: What brings you your greatest joy?

A: My family.

Q: What are you looking forward to?

A: Hopefully, getting older, staying healthy, spending more time with family, seeing grandchildren grow up.

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