23 June 2015
I live at Lake Monticello.
How long have you lived in
Fluvanna? What brought you here?
We bought here four and a half years ago, and moved here full-time two years later. We started coming down almost 15 years ago to visit our former neighbors, the Seehavers, and fell in love with the idea of living on water. After figuring out we also needed good healthcare and good culture (restaurants, concerts, etc.) it turned out that having Charlottesville nearby made this the absolutely perfect place to live. And so far, it has worked out just that way!
Tell us about your work.
I semi-retired when we moved full-time to Lake Monticello, but I continue to work about halftime as executive editor of a D.C. company that publishes Wall Street Journal-type publications for the telecom industry, TV, Internet, consumer electronics and international trade. Fortunately, I can do almost all of the work from home. Before that I was a broadcaster and worked for newspapers and magazines.
Tell us about your family.
Sue Orr and I have been married 33 wonderful years. Our kids are grown and doing great. Chris works at University of Virginia Medical Center. Molly is a special education teacher in Fairfax County. And Haley just started at her first grownup job in northern Virginia as an environmental scientist.
Tell us about one of your interests.
I have become a dedicated fisherman at the lake, going out for an hour or two most days. I’m very pleased that Lake Monticello is doing a multi-year program to make sure the fish at the lake are healthy. It involves getting the balance of species right, providing cover for baby fish to hide while they grow instead of getting immediately eaten, and starting to feed the fish to help offset the lack of nutrients in the lake. And we have to do it all without hurting swimming or boating in the lake. A tough job, but I think they’ve found the right balance.
Describe one of the highlights of your life.
There’s a million highlights. Especially my kids – but don’t tell them I said that. One thing recently is some work I’ve done with potential Habitat for Humanity families, helping them get their finances in order so they can afford their first house, and watching them teaching their kids to do the same thing. Feeling that the lives of multiple generations might be improved has been very, very satisfying.
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