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Mimi Speciale

Hometown: Portland, Maine
When did you first join the ski club? Oct 2023
Ski club offices held: board member
Favorite ski resort? Vail

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Hiking the Amalfi coast in Italy

What travel spots are on your bucket list?
England, Ireland, Scotland, Peru, and New Zealand

What’s the scariest hike you’ve been on?
Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park

What is your favorite dessert?
everything chocolate

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
hiking, running, walking, pickleball (newbie)
Len Castellano

Hometown: Born in Queens NY and moved out to Long Island.
When did you first join the ski club? 2023
Favorite ski resort? Big Sky, Montana, Vail, Colorado

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
I have to say Hawaii for my Honeymoon or I'll get in a fight! 😂 But I think it is a tie between our 14-day cruise to the Eastern Med for our 25th anniversary or Bare Boat Sailing on the Caribbean.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Somewhere on the beach with quick access to an airport to go skiing.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
I am currently Chairman for the American Filtration Society

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Aisle seat but more specifically the two-seat exit aisle on Southwest with my wife. No middle seat.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
Canada, England, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, Monaco, Greece, Dominican Republic, Netherlands

What is your favorite zoo animal?
Polar Bears

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Toblerone

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Beef Tendon, Jellyfish, Crickets

What is your favorite dessert?
Tie between Tiramisu and Creme Brulee

What is your favorite hobby?
Skiing, Cooking, Exercise

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Softball, Basketball, Tennis, Pickleball

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Football, Basketball and Hockey

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
Skydiving

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
I'm a great procrastinator, Great at math and science. Fixing things.

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
To either meet Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton or Leonardo DaVinci.

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Banshee.....don't ask but great. Also, Schitt's Creek and Yellowstone.

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Constantine, John Wick.

What is your favorite holiday? Xmas

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
When I first started out in the mid '80s. I worked with Dr. David B Pall and Isaac Vasserman. Two incredible mentors.

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
The Ant & the Aardvark.  Voices of Jackie Mason and John Byner

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
Tried to be good at working from home but was never good at it and couldn't wait to go back to the office. Did play a lot more piano though.

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative or some other kind of celebrity connection?
My father looked exactly like Richard Castellano (Clemenza) from The Godfather. Same last name but no proof.
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David Scott

Hometown:  Lexington, KY
When did you first join the ski club?  I was a member for a couple of years in the 90s.  In the modern era, I joined in 2022.
Favorite ski resort?  Park City, first.  Steamboat second.  Telluride third.

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Costa Rica

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
London

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?  

Cumberland Trails Conference [Board] - Building a 300 mile trail from Chattanooga to Cumberland Gap, TN.
Various Outdoor Activity Groups
Nashville Bar Association
Independent Insurance Agents of TN
Scouts BSA

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Short flight: Window.  Long flight: Aisle.

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 17

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Well, the railroad-tie retaining wall in my backyard is now essentially a townhome complex for chipmunks.  I need a dog to be their "property manager!"

What is your favorite wild animal?
Bear

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Snickers

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Cow's kneecap.

What is your favorite dessert?
Pecan pie

What is your favorite hobby?
Hiking/Backpacking

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Kayaking, Volleyball, Basketball, Pickleball, Biking

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
Hike/Climb Kilimanjaro

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
Juggle stupid stuff

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Reacher

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Mr. Bill in "I'm Just a Bill" from Schoolhouse Rock.  Because he hopes and he prays that maybe one day he'll be a law.

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
The Hustle

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
Learned to grow a singular tomato plant from a seeding.  $65 later I had a whopping crop of 6 tomatoes that survived to be eaten by humans (not varmints).

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative or some other kind of celebrity connection?
Um...well, we trace back to a 1700s Duke of Argyle (Scotland).  So, we've got out-of-style preppy socks going for us.
Lesa Skoney

Hometowns: Pittsburgh, PA, Bettendorf, Iowa, Lafayette, IN
When did you first join the ski club? 1987
Ski club offices held: Was elected Treasurer in 1988-1989, and board member, Trip Leader to Vail
Favorite ski resort? Any ski resort in Lake Tahoe

What was your favorite ski club trip?
I would say my first ski club trip to Boone, NC  in 1987.  Skiing was not so great,  but the roadtrip was fun, and  I met so many Ski Club members who have become lifelong friends.

What is your favorite job you've ever had?
My current job as an Estate lawyer/CPA. I love getting to know my clients and helping them with their estate and financial matters.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Football. I am a Tennessee Titans fan.

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Reacher on Prime Video.

What's your favorite movie?
Any movie with Sandra Bullock.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
No pets, but I haven’t two wonderful daughters. I met their father, and my husband, Bob Skoney in the Nashville Ski Club 37 years ago.

What are your other favorite hobbies?
Cooking, Traveling, Cruises, Music/Concerts
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Anita Fowler

Hometown: Nashville
When did you first join the ski club? About 1991
Favorite ski resort?  Big Sky

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Portugal or Singapore

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
No, but I’m thinking about trying pickleball

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Aisle

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 10

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Ragdoll cat named Spencer, Lassie type collie named Dalton

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Divinity

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Bone marrow

What is your favorite hobby?
Gardening

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Biking, badminton, tennis

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
90210

What is your favorite holiday?
Halloween

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Felix the cat, because he’s a clever and a cat.

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
Not twerking. Lol

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
I remodeled the laundry room

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative or some other kind of celebrity connection?
My cousin tells me we are very distant cousins of crazy King Henry VIII.
Steve Adler

Hometown: Great Neck, New York, on Long Island
When did you first join the ski club? We thought we were going to move to Nashville before we actually did, so I joined the ski club in 2022, before we’d moved from Oklahoma City. I wanted to get an idea of what kind of trips and activities were available to me in Nashville, as I’d been a member of the Oklahoma City ski club and had gone on a few trips with them.
Favorite ski resort? I skied at Vail with my father perhaps the first year it opened, or certainly soon after. Our family had been skiing in New England while I was growing up, skied at Aspen a few times, but once Vail opened, it became my family’s favorite resort. My parents, sisters and ultimately all our spouses and some of their families, kids and grandkids have skied there virtually every year for the past 45 years. Other favorite areas of mine are those operated by Canadian Mountain Holidays, a heli-ski operation.

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
It’s a tie. We went on a photo safari to Kenya and Tanzania, but cannot choose between it or a trip to Egypt, visiting the Nile Valley.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Percy Priest Yacht Club here in Nashville and Caney Creek Yacht Club on Lake Texoma, a lake between Oklahoma and Texas.

What is your favorite hobby?
Sailing and skiing are my favorite hobbies.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
Most countries in Europe, England, Kenya and Tanzania, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Kenya, Tanzania, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, Tahiti, New Zealand, Egypt. I like to travel.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
We have two dogs. Finn is a 12-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Ruby is a 5-month-old Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Big fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What is your favorite dessert?
Apple pie a la mode.
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Ravi Aradhyula

Hometown: Originally from India, been in Nashville for 25 years.
When did you first join the ski club? two years ago in 2021.
Favorite ski resort?  Winter Park, Colorado (Only because it is closest to Denver airport and relatively easy to access than other popular ski resorts)

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
I love to travel to distant places. My Iceland trip in 2021 is most memorable, particularly my day hikes to Landmannalaugar and Fagradalsfjall volcano near Reykjavik's international airport( Keflavik). This is one place I like to visit any time.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
That would be Moab, Utah. There are five National Parks within a 150 mile radius of Moab. Unlimited outdoor activities and of course skiing too.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Aisle seat, because that gives independence to leave my seat without bothering others.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
India (I am originally from), Canada, Italy, Norway, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Iceland.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
We adopted Wolfe from a shelter in 2012 and had him as our house pet for 10 years.

What is your favorite zoo animal?
Monkey. Monkeys are always energetic and monkeying and fun to watch.

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Almond Joy. Love the coconut filling :)

What is your favorite hobby?
Reading and watching travel video blogs

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Running, swimming and ping pong.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
NFL football and NCAA basketball

What crazy activities do you dream of trying one day?
I'd like to do a open water swim

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
Not sure they are still hidden :)
Beverly Coleman

Hometown: Memphis TN
When did you first join the ski club? 1989
Ski club offices held: Helped with Facebook page for a time
Favorite ski resort? Vail

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Traveling to Italy with the ski club.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Italy

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Knoxville Ski Club

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
The aisle seat at the emergency exit.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
Italy, Germany, Canada, and Mexico.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
1 Dog, Bode.  He was named after the skier.

What is your favorite zoo animal?
The Monkeys

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Hot tamales cinnamon candy

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Squirrel stew that my dad made when I was young.  I hated the thought of it when I found out what it was.

Did you have a stuffed animal as a child? What was its name?
I had an orange monkey that I would throw in the air.  I don't remember his name and that is sad, don't you think?

What is your favorite dessert?
Creme Brulee

What is your favorite hobby?
Drawing

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Skiing, water and snow.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Football

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
I can sew and have made bedspreads and drapes.  I won a Singer sewing contest when I was about 14 years old and was on a TV show.

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Suits

What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
I worked at a jewelry store when I was in college.  Worked with china, crystal and lots of beautiful diamonds.

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Wile E Coyote  I understand his pain.

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative or some other kind of celebrity connection?
Marty Slayton is my cousin and she is a backup singer for George Strait. 
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Deidre Duker

Hometown: Cleveland, OH
When did you first join the ski club? I joined the ski club a couple years ago (2022) after an old friend (Carrie LeBrec) posted pics from her ski trip in Switzerland. I messaged her asking for details. She told me the trip was thru Nashville Ski Club so I joined the next week.
Favorite ski resort?  Honestly, any that has fresh snow and short lift lines! I’m not picky. I will say Zugspitze in Bavaria ranks pretty high. You can take the gondola up once and spend the day skiing down the mountain.

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
I treated myself to a 3 week solo trip to Italy and Germany in 2015, and that has kicked off many wonderful solo voyages since then. I packed my parka and skiwear in a compression bag and found a couple days skiing in Garmisch Partenkirchen.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Berlin or London

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Window, always!

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
Umm…maybe 25? Lots places in Canada, Central and South America and Europe. Asia is calling.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Ozzy and Cooper, they are 2 ridiculous golden doodles.

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Rocky Mountain oysters, Raclette (only because the combination is so weird, yet delicious), fermented shark (that one is definitely not delicious BTW.)

What is your favorite dessert?
Pana Cotta

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Yoga, hiking, boating, swimming.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Figure skating

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
1950s in Greenwich Village

What movie can you re-watch over and over again?
I have 4: The Best Years of Our Lives, It’s a Wonderful Life, Tootsie, When Harry Met Sally.

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
I was a TV producer for 25 years; everyday was unique, challenging, and fun.

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Bugs Bunny, he’s a zen master who knows how to enjoy life and not take anything or anyone too seriously.

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
I befriended a neighborhood squirrel and coaxed him to eat peanuts out of my hand and sit (sort of) on my lap.

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative or some other kind of celebrity connection?
I’ve sure met a bunch over the years.
Scott Dykes

Hometown:
Ashland, KY
When did you first join the ski club? 2022
Favorite ski resort? My absolute favorite ski resort is Telluride (subject to change after I go with the NSC to Banff in January).

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
The very last seat

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
I have visited about 8 countries but have never been to Canada.  But I'll correct that on our upcoming Banff trip!

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
I have two dogs,  Emily and Skittles.

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
When I'm not dreaming of skiing I enjoy running and HIIT classes at the YMCA

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Kentucky Wildcats basketball and Cincinnati Bengals football

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
I sheepishly admit I watch Breaking Bad once a year.
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Craig Brown

Hometown: We moved quite a bit growing up. I consider myself from New Jersey.  Born and lived in Totowa/Glen Ridge (Metro NYC) in early years followed by early elementary school in Topsfield, Massachusetts (first time on skis!) and later elementary school in Troy, Ohio.  Returned to Mountainside, NJ (appropriate for a skier, but did you know that it is the ONLY town named Mountainside in the country? Look it up – it’s true!) for high school.
When did you first join the ski club? 2022
Favorite ski resort? All of them for various reasons.  HoliMont in Ellicottville NY where I was a long time member and brought my children into the skiing. GREAT family club.  Telluride for the extraordinary beauty. Aspen – just because.  You get the picture – I love mountains and skiing and welcoming places --  and ski resorts have all that and more!

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Tahoe 1994.  Just an amazing trip of never ending fun on and off the slopes.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be? Tuscany

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
I am a member of the Tennessee Golf  and Southeastern Golf Meet Up groups. I am also member of the Board of Trustees of The Cleveland Music Settlement, a not for profit organization dedicated to music instruction, early childhood education and music therapy.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
First/Business Class window or coach aisle.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
Five: Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Italy and Bahamas

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
No pets at the moment as I am in transition. I LOVE dogs.  Last was an Havanese named Duff. Grew up with Beagles and Bassett Hounds. Looking forward to my next dog – probably another Havanese.

What is your favorite zoo animal?
Pandas – I continue to be amazed at how these creatures live in the wild.

What is your favorite candy or treat?
I like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and peanut M&Ms. As much as I like  these treats, they don’t look very good on me, so rare, but delightful indulgences.

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Rattlesnake – tastes like chicken.

What is your favorite dessert?
Vanilla ice  cream, but like the candy, I have to save that treat for special occasions.

What is your favorite hobby?
Having worked in the field of beer, wine and spirits distribution for 40+ years, I appreciate the fine arts of distilling spirits, brewing beer and making wine.  I enjoy reading on those subjects and even better, sampling the endless varieties of these libations.

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
I have taken up golf as a regular recreational activity after years of sporadic – and not so good – play.  I am hooked!

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Football, football and football – also Stanley Cup hockey.

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
I would love to drive a race car on a closed track after professional training to experience the speed and thrill – on the edge! (I am sure I would chicken out, but what fun!)

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
Sing and act – but the emphasis is on “hidden.”  

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
To the Garden of Eden at creation – and I would chop down that damn tree before Eve got to it!

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Not my thing, but I did get hooked on the first three (3) seasons of The Wire (seasons 4 and 5 meh).

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
The Godfather Parts I & II.

What is your favorite holiday? Christmas.

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
I’ve only had one (1) job – labor and employment lawyer for 43 years with the same law firm. It was so much fun with great challenges, amazing success and truly wonderful colleagues.  I was blessed.

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Snoopy – who wouldn’t want to be that cool? The very embodiment of a Renaissance person, well read, writer, and connoisseur of all things marching to his own drum.

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
I worked on golf, but mostly, without sounding too corny, I grew to appreciate my family and friends like never before.

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative or some other kind of celebrity connection?
No famous – or infamous – relatives.  Lots of connections with well-known people in the worlds of business, sports, politics, finance and entertainment. Just connections over the course of my life and career, but no “close” connections.
Tess Harrison

Hometown: I was born in Cleveland, OH. Lived there, Rhode Island, Mexico City before landing in 5th grade in Costa Mesa, CA. Remember each of those places distinctly but basically grew up in southern CA.
When did you first join the ski club? 2022
Favorite ski resort? Steamboat probably. I like skiing in Colorado - the snow is awesome and dependable; the temps are tolerable!

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Greece - cruising in a catamaran with my kids and a couple friends, hopping from island to island. Outstanding on all levels.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
I think I'd pick Spain right now. Have never been and would like to as it's my son's favorite place.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
I'm in Meet Up, started and ran a group in Williamson County for 7 yrs.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
A window seat not over a wing!

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
I've visited many countries but haven't kept count.... most of Europe, (Ireland, England, Greece, Italy, Belgium, Germany, France) Kenya, Tahiti, Mexico, Canada, lots of Caribbean Islands... I enjoy traveling

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
I don't currently have any personal pets, though I have had a dog most of my life - currently I foster for a local rescue, which works out better for my travel schedule.

What is your favorite zoo animal?
Giraffe

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Toblerone

What is your favorite dessert?
Peach cobbler, though any fruit cobbler is delicious!

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Wallyball, I play almost every week.
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Cindy Hartley

Hometown: Westerly, Rhode Island
When did you first join the ski club? 2022
Favorite ski resort? Park City. Telluride. Steamboat.... too many

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Right here

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Tennessee Golf events

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
First class...Any window seat will do

How many countries have you visited outside the US?  5

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
2 dogs.. Regis and Stiltzie

What is your favorite zoo animal?
Sloth

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Anything chocolate

What is your favorite dessert?
Anything chocolate

What is your favorite hobby?
Golf

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Golf and tennis

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Almost any sport

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
Skydiving

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
1950.. to see my parents as young kids falling in love

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Breaking Bad

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
My Cousin Vinny

What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
My current job, a process designer for a bank

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Scooby-Doo!  I grew up with him!

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
Hip roll..ha
Matt Higgins

Hometown: Tustin, CA
When did you first join the ski club? 2021
Favorite ski resort? Snowbird/Alta

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Banff-Kicking Horse-Revelstoke for 40th bday

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Chamonix, France

What is your favorite hobby?
Fly fishing

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Mountain biking

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
Franchisee for Handel's Homemade Ice Cream in Middle Tennessee. Opening in 2024!
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Kenneth Joyner

Hometown: I’m a Nashville native but I DID spend a few years (I call them my exile years) in Alabama during high school.
When did you first join the ski club? I joined in the late 80s or early 90s, if I remember correctly.
Ski club offices held: I’m not to be trusted in positions of power.
Favorite ski resort? I like skiing wherever I am that particular day.  But if I had to choose a favorite I’ll say Sundance.  It’s kinda small compared to its neighbors but it’s friendly and homey.  Plus, the food’s great! 

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
I’ve had some pretty amazing travels.  Years ago I was on a ski club trip to Big Sky and we took a snowmobile tour through Yellowstone, which I’m not sure you can still do.  That one sticks out.
Just this year I’ve been skiing in Utah and Colorado, fishing in Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories and just last month we went to the four-corners area (Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods, The Goosenecks, Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, etc.) that was pretty great.
One of the best, however, has to be a heli-hiking (like heli-skiing, but in the summer) trip we took to the Bugaboos in the Purcell Provincial Park, British Columbia.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
I used to be in the Music City Mustang Club and am still in the Mustang Club of America.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Window

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
Canada, the Bahamas and the UK.  (I’ve been to Sint Maartin which they say counts as France and the Netherlands if you visit both sides of the island but that’s kind of cheating, I think.)

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Laura has a dog, a Havanese named Shelby, who views me as an equal, just another member of Laura’s pack.

What is your favorite dessert?
I’m a sucker for a good cheesecake.

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
I used to be a fair golfer.  I ran a little in college.  Really, though, you should see me at 140 mph on a racetrack on a track day.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
I watch baseball (Go Braves) and college football (Go Big Orange!). I’ve also been to the last 30 Indianapolis 500s.

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
I used to be able to juggle but I’m out-of-practice.

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
I could watch Tombstone every day.

What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
I used to be a freelance video camera operator for concerts at Starwood Amphitheater.  It didn’t pay much but most of those shows were great experiences.  I got to meet all kinds of people.  I also used to run a spotlight occasionally for shows at Vanderbilt Memorial Gym.  I got to see some pretty good concerts there, too.

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
I’m a much more skilled liquor drinker; that’s something I learned during the lockdown.
Teresa Smith

Hometown: too many places to count but have lived in Tennessee for nearly 40 years.
When did you first join the ski club? 1994.
Favorite ski resort? Steamboat

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Vancouver in 2010. Covered the Olympics, then skied at Whistler.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
The Keys, so I could kayak.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
President of the Pro Football Writers Association’s Nashville chapter, president of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, member of the National Sports Media Association, the Association For Women in Sports Media.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Aisle. Easier access to restroom.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
Six.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Roscoe, a rescue cat.

What is your favorite zoo animal?
Giraffes.

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Chocolate.

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Sushi, don’t like it.

What is your favorite dessert?
I’m off sugar now so ice cream that is off limits.

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Cycling, kayaking.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
NFL, my first love.

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
I’ve done most everything I’ve ever wanted. Maybe swim with dolphins?

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
DIY. I renovated my own kitchen and laid the tile floor on our enclosed porch.

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
I wouldn’t because every action has an effect and I might not be where I am now.

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Righteous Gemstones.

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
Too many to list, but The Best Years of Our Lives may be tied with Die Hard.

What is your favorite holiday?
July fourth because I am always off work.

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
My current job, sports reporter for the Associated Press

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Bugs Bunny because he’s smarter and a step ahead of everyone,

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
None. I dance like Elaine from Seinfeld.

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
I made lots of homemade ice cream, started a couple of gardening beds and created an outdoor patio.
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Sharon Stewart

Hometown: All over greater North Texas.  Born in Midland, High School and College in the Dallas – Fort Worth area.  In Tennessee since 2006.
When did you first join the ski club? A long time ago.  We went on a couple of trips (Telluride and Snowmass, I think) and then dropped out for a decade or so.  We started back two years ago.
Favorite ski resort? One I haven’t visited yet.  The last ones were so great, the next is bound to be better, right?  Of the ones I’ve visited, I like just about anything in Utah, particularly Snowbird, Alta, and Deer Valley; and the Aspen  and Breckenridge area resorts in Colorado.

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Moscow in 2017.  The art and architecture were magnificent, the city was vibrant, the people were fascinating, and the history was amazing.  I’m sad that I will probably never be able to return.  I suspect it may already be a shell of what it was in its heyday as a grand international tourist destination.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
How about six months?  New York City or central Italy.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Rotary Club is my passion.  I’m a member of the local Porsche Club of America region (called Musik Stadt, which is German for Music City).

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Row 2, aisle.  I travelled for work for several years.  If you have, you know this is the best place to be.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
Can’t say for sure, but the only continents I’ve missed are Africa and Antarctica.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Sadly, I outlived my last pair of boxers.  Their names were Quasi and Moto.  They were always fun.

Did you have a stuffed animal as a child? What was its name?
Quite a few, I think, but none left enough of an impression for me to recall a name.

What is your favorite zoo animal?
Dragons.  See Zoolumination.  After that, it would be the hippo.

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Buffalo Trace, neat.

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Wiggling noodles.

What is your favorite dessert?
Sweetened whipped cream on fresh berries.

What is your favorite hobby?
Driving my car on the race track. This is a link to in-car video of one of my on-track sessions: https://youtu.be/Axf4umUp70M

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Swimming, walking, ballroom dancing, and skiing.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Formula 1 racing.

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
Spending 3 months in Utah or Colorado and skiing every good day.

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
Play piano and flute.  Drive really, really fast – on a closed course.  Do not try that at home.

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
To the Summer of Love in Haight-Ashbury to see it was really all that and a bag of chips.

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
SWAT with Shemar Moore.

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
Blade Runner

What is your favorite holiday?
Halloween.  All fun and no obligations.

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
Retirement.  After that, computer programmer.

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Mighty Mouse.  He saves the day.

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
Tango Corte, Nightclub Two-step double turns

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
I learned to be retired.  My retirement date was my birthday in 2020 - March 1st, two weeks before the COVID shutdown.

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative?
We are all painfully boring.
Derek Decker

Hometown:  Lebanon, TN
When did you first join the ski club? 2023 - Snowmass. I have been on other trips with NSC with my parents when I was younger. Mom - Menda Holmes. Stepdad - Howard Holmes.
Favorite ski resort? Big Sky, A-Basin or Vail!

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Just went to Mediterranean, Italy, Croatia, Greece and Turkey. Came back with a fiancée!

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Window!

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
15

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Dog named Daisy!

What is your favorite hobby?
Skiing!
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Bob Skoney

Hometown: Elmhurst, Illinois
When did you first join the ski club? 1979
Ski club offices held: President 1985-86, Board member 1981-84, Trip Leader: Copper Mountain & Snowshoe WV
Favorite ski resort? Any ski resort at Lake Tahoe

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Recent cruise from Athens Greece to Venice with wife and two daughters.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Homeowners Association president & Metro Nashville Government Retired Employees Association

Best Career Achievement?
Worked at Nashville Municipal Auditorium for 42 years, retiring as General Manager

Best move ever?
Marrying Lesa (my wife of 34 yrs.) and our two daughters Jessica & Sarah

What is your favorite hobby?
Bass fishing & attending live music concerts
Amy Thomas

Hometown:  Memphis, TN
When did you first join the ski club? 2021
Favorite ski resort? Big Sky and Telluride

What are your "can't live without" items on the ski slope?
My attachable phone card and boot lock key

What is your favorite hobby?
Gardening and cooking

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Pickleball and sailing

What do you do when you're stressed out?
I clean!

Sweet or savory?
Savory

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
I learned to bake all sorts of bread

Do you have a celebrity connection?
My mother went to the same high school as Elvis, and my grandfather was buried next to Elvis when he was first laid to rest in a mausoleum before being moved to Graceland.
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Cheryl Gerner

Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa and East Dubuque, Illinois
When did you first join the ski club? 2015
Favorite ski resort? Now that I no longer ski, it's Vail because of the accommodations, restaurants, village and shopping. When I was skiing my favorite was Killington, VT.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Ireland. We traveled there once for a two-week trip all around the country. My ancestors are from Ireland and I’d love to experience the culture more vividly.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Newcomers and Community Club of Sumner County

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
I’ve been to 6 or 7 countries outside the US but would love to continue traveling to many more. Traveling is one of my favorite pastimes.

What is your favorite hobby?
Gardening and painting

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Bicycling, kayaking and hiking.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
I like most all college sports, especially football. My favorite team is the Iowa Hawkeyes.

What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas but I love all holidays because I love to decorate for each one.

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
My favorite job was as an elementary school principal. It was also the one I held longest. Definitely one with many challenges but also many rewards.

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
During the pandemic I started to paint again, mostly acrylics and some watercolors.I hadn’t painted for many many years because of my work schedule. Now that I’m back at painting again I enjoy it more and more and I’m back doing more craft projects as well.
Robert Johnson

Hometown: Daytona Beach, Florida
When did you first join the ski club? 2018
Favorite ski resort? Beaver Creek

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Provence region of France.  I never get tired of the food, wine, or scenery.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
13 with Iceland and Norway on the list for this year.

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Bluff oysters in New Zealand.  They are about 3 to 4 times the size of normal oysters.

What is your favorite dessert?  
Cheesecake, any kind.

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
The Diplomat on Netflix.  I am a sucker for spy movies/shows.

What movie can you re-watch over and over again?
M*A*S*H

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
In high school I worked on a farm planting onions, picking okra, and feeding pigs.  It was the hardest job I ever had, but it gave me the motivation to go to college!

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?  
I finally took the time to cook some time consuming French recipes.  I am proud of my boeuf bourguignon.
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Tim Smith

Hometown:
Born in Nashville and raised in East Nashville. My parents Margaret and David still live in the same house.
When did you first join the ski club?
2018
Favorite ski resort?
Snowmass

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
While i have enjoyed each of the skiing trips and many others with family and friends, my favorite was last year.  It was a solo cycling (bicycling) trip between Kansas City and St. Louis. I brought camping gear, cycling gear, clothes, repair gear, food and water all on the bike, and camped along the way for 6 days.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
For a year straight? Not sure i would want to spend a year anywhere unless I did not work and there was a lot of outdoor activities.  Aspen maybe?

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Only engineering professional organizations.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
LOL inside the cabin.....or copilot.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
Just two.  Mexico and Canada.  Never been across the pond.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
I grew up with cats. I have two currently.  Paws is 17 yrs. and Midnight is 12 yrs. I like having cats for one main reason.....low maintenance!.  They are one step above having a fish.

What is your favorite candy or treat? Yes.....

What is your favorite dessert?
Yes......

What is your favorite hobby?
Cycling.  I don't hunt, fish or golf.  I found them all boring.  But I can and will cycle any day of the week and everywhere. I have cycled multi-day trips in Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, with a trip this fall planned from Pittsburgh to Washington DC.  Other than cycling, I am quite boring.

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
I used to do triathlons but too many running injuries.  I'd like to keep my original knee and hip components.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Hockey. I have been rooting for local teams since the Nashville Knights.  $4 would get you into a game since junior high.

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
With unlimited time (mainly) and the graces of my wife, I would cycle the Trans-America route.  3500-ish miles and 3 months.

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
My wife would say sarcasm is my superpower.

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
Bethlehem, roughly 0 BC/AD and anytime a few specific major corporations had their IPOs.

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
I have been an engineer since I got out of college.  Did I mention I am kinda boring?

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
Absolutely none.  People run away or call the paramedics if I dance.

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
A repeat but I got into much more cycling.  Work definitely did not slow down during the pandemic.

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative?  
Ira David Smith. 
Grace Renshaw

Hometown: Nashville is the only hometown I've ever had, and I moved here in 1981 as a bride. Growing up I lived in 8 states, 11 small towns and one city--Denver, where my family lived from 1970 to 1975 and I learned to ski. My father was an exploration geologist in the mining industry. I was born in Nyack, New York, while he was on a research mission mapping the ocean floor off the East Coast with sonar,  we lived in towns near mines in Georgia, Tennessee, Colorado (I lived in Gilman, CO, above where Vail is now, from 1956 to 1957 before the resort was built), New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Texas and Idaho.
When did you first join the ski club? March 2022
Favorite ski resort? Telluride. I first skied there in 1980, when only the town side of the area existed. It's a very different place now.

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
I backpacked through Europe for 2 months at 25, right before I got married, using Eurail and Britail passes & staying in hostels. I was traveling in the dead of winter and most others staying in hostels were from the Southern Hemisphere, because it was summer for them, so I learned a lot about places I didn't even visit.
I spent 2 weeks in China traveling with my daughter and 17 other students at Hume Fogg and two of their teachers in 2008. We visited Beijing, Xian (where the terra cotta warriors were excavated), Lijiang, in the foothills of the Himalayas, and Shanghai, right before the 2008 Olympics.
My husband and I went to Iceland twice in the mid-1980s. The second trip, we flew to the island of Heimaey and climbed a cindercone mountain that was only 14 years old--the island had been evacuated during a volcanic eruption in 1973 that lasted a year.
The first 10 years we were married, my parents were living in Reno, NV, and we'd fly to Reno, borrow one of their cars, visit San Francisco, and drive up and down the California coast. Those were wonderful trips, and Point Lobos State Park is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Paris. I could take the train to ski, eat wonderful food on a daily basis I didn't cook, and visit museums to my heart's content.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
I'm in a dinner club of more than 25 years started by a friend I met when we were work colleagues at Hospital Corp. of America in the mid-1980s.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Window-so I can lean against the wall and sleep!

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Our pound puppy, Wallace, is 8. He was labeled a "terrier mix" by our vet, but we think he has some husky. Our cats, Artemis, Xiong Mao (aka Shongie) and Dexter are foster failures.

What is your favorite hobby?
Gardening. My daughter just helped me get our (tiny) yard in Cherokee Park certified as a bird habitat; we've planted native plants & landscaped the entire yard--no more grass.

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Hiking, if a good walk is a sport.

What movie can you re-watch over and over again?
Casablanca

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
I was a writer and editor with Nashville Magazine when I first moved here, from 1981 to 1985. I like my current job, as communications director at Vanderbilt Law School, because I learn something new almost every week by attending talks by legal scholars, judges, prominent lawyers and politicians. I've seen 8 Supreme Court justices and 2 attorneys general speak.

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Wile E. Coyote. He never gives up
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Calita Richards

Hometown:  Charleston, SC
When did you first join the ski club? October 2022
Favorite ski resort? Mammoth and Ski Cooper so far..

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Nashville Hiking Meetup, Paddle Adventures Unlimited

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Window, to be able to see all the interesting aspects of the land below and cloud formations above

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 9

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Jack fruit

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Hiking and kayaking

What are your favorite sports to watch?
SEC football
Bob Mathews

Hometown: I was a Royal Air Force Brat, so I grew up in a lot of places.  I have good memories of Stanmore in North London (age 4-10), and the Rhondda Valley, South Wales (age 12-14).  I identify most with Shipdham and Swaffham, in Norfolk (England), from 14-18.  I went to London University and lived in the London area till I came to the US in January 1980.
When did you first join the ski club? I learnt to ski in Vermont while working in Boston, MA in the 1980/81 season and fell in love with the sport.  I have often said it changed me from being a workaholic to a skiaholic.  So when I moved to Raleigh, NC in 1981 I immediately joined the Raleigh Ski Club.  I came to Nashville in 1982, and went to a ski club event at the Nashville Auditorium in November 1982 and immediately signed up.  I couldn't skate but I noticed a couple of pretty girls on the ice (Jean and Susan), got introduced to one of them in 1984 and married her on 1st February 1987.  On 7th February we went on a ski club trip to Vail and spent our honeymoon in Vail with 45 of our closest friends (we did have our own private unit).
Ski club offices held: I was on the NSC Board for 2 years 1984-5, and was elected President in 1986 and served 3 terms till 1989.  While I had done a lot of technical business presentations, I had never spoken in front of a group of people and directed a meeting.  It really taught me a lot.
Favorite ski resort? When I came to Nashville I was a beginner/intermediate skier, and would do the NASTAR races whenever I could.  I took ski lessons often and gradually my skiing improved.and I began to enjoy the adrenaline rush of skiing black and double black runs.  So I have a number of favorite ski areas that have given me intense feelings of satisfaction after skiing a difficult run well.  There is also a wonderful sense of comradeship when skiing together in a small group.  In fact it is the friends I have made that make these places special: Vail, Big Sky, Jackson Hole, Beaver Creek, Snowbird, Park City.

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
New Zealand

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Portugal

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Gardening and Sustainability Groups

How many countries have you visited outside the US?  51

What is your favorite dessert?
Key Lime Pie

What is your favorite hobby?
Gardening

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Running

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
Kite Surfing
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Ron Aylor

Hometown: First nine years in Cincinnati and the next nine in Orlando.
When did you first join the ski club? 2021, just in time to go on the trip to Switzerland.
Favorite ski resort? Big Sky because of the varied terrain and the beauty of the area.

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
A Tauck tour of the major tourist destinations in Italy including the Lake Como area.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Probably somewhere in the central part of Western Europe in order to use it as a base for extensive travel throughout Europe.

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 18

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Mike and Ike with Twizzlers a close second.

What is your favorite hobby?
Skiing followed by golf and fly fishing.

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
The Americans.  The series had been over for a few years and I hadn't seen it at all.  Then the binge began.

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
A Few Good Men.  I can handle the truth.

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
My wife and I met during the disco era; we won a dance contest one night..........the award was a tee shirt.

Where have you lived other than Nashville?
Cincinnati OH, Orlando FL, Troy NY, Albany NY, Atlanta GA, Burlington VT, Montreal Canada, Boynton Beach FL and Tampa FL.  I was not in the witness protection program (or was I?).
Menda Holmes

Hometown: Carthage, TN
When did you first join the ski club? 2001
Favorite ski resort? Deer Valley, if it's not on a holiday week or too crowded

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Lake Tahoe in 2003. Howard and I met up with the ski club group at Heavenly Ski resort and we got engaged on the Big Dipper trail. We then drove to California and visited relatives and went to Yosemite national park.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Aisle because there is more leg room

How many countries have you visited outside the US?  5

What is your favorite hobby?
Cooking and Horseback Riding
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Kimberly Russell

Hometown: Utica, NY
When did you first join the ski club? I believe 2005
Favorite ski resort? ohh several! A few standouts: Lake Tahoe, Telluride, Big Sky

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Most amazingly fun ski trip with the club (ca. 2007?) - Steamboat, Colorado with Bob Fortner bringing down the house apres ski with his fiddle shredding phenomenal skill!!

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Paris, France

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?  Aisle

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
3 Dogs: Olivia Nicole, Jasper Xavier, Piper Cole
3 Cats: Christie Paige, Julietta Bella, Samantha Lee

What is your favorite zoo animal? Giraffe, Elephant

What movie can you rewatch over and over again? Groundhog Day

What is your favorite holiday?  Thanksgiving

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
Disney World Magic Kingdom/Entertainment - I was a Butterfly in the parades.
Tony Zahorik

Hometown: Marinette, WI, 50 miles from Lambeau Field, hence I’m genetically fated to be a Packer backer
When did you first join the ski club? 2016 for the Snowmass trip - my first-ever ski resort experience
Favorite ski resort? Of the ones I’ve been to so far it's probably Steamboat, where I got to drive a dogsled team

How many countries have you visited outside the US?  Over 40

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Many of the trips were wonderful, but my favorite was a trip to Vienna with Barb.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Two lovely Brittany spaniels, Kate and Booboo

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
It might be might be camel hump in Jeddah, Saudi’s Arabia

What is your favorite dessert?
Rhubarb custard pie, which I usually have to make myself, because everyone else thinks it sounds weird

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
When I lived in Upstate New York I was an avid cross-country skier, but after 40 years in the South I’ve lost all chops for that. Now I stick to biking, jogging and vigorous walking.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Exit row aisle - if I’m paying for it myself. But the best seat I’ve ever had was a fully reclining bed pod when a client flew me to Melbourne, Australia
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Russ Smith

Hometown: Donelson in Nashville
When did you first join the ski club? 1989-ish
Ski club offices held: I was a board member in 1995 and 1996 and led the January 1996 Telluride trip.
Favorite ski resort? This is a tough question because I have so many but Brighton in Utah. Why? Because it was the first place I ever skied at out West, and the scenery is simply unmatched.

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
The Breckenridge trip in January 1995. The trip home I started falling for my future wife.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Anchorage, Alaska, because of my experience running a marathon there and would love to spend a year in that gorgeous place.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Marathon Maniacs and the 50 States Marathon Club because I ran a marathon in each state between October 2001 and June 2011.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Aisle seat for leg room at 6-foot-1.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
Mexico and Canada thanks to a Lake Louise ski trip.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
One rescue cat named Roscoe.

What is your favorite candy or treat? Cheesecake

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten? Elk or caribou.

What is your favorite hobby? Hunting sasquatches.

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Softball where I first met my future wife playing for the ski club’s co-ed team.

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
Go Sasquatch hunting with Bobo from the tv show “Finding Bigfoot.”

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
Wiggle my ears.

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
I would like to travel to Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox.

What movie can you re-watch over and over again? Patton.

What is your favorite holiday? Christmas.

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
Being Teresa’s husband because that is a full-time occupation.

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Slowpoke Rodriguez because I don’t do anything fast except ski.

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative?
My wife. She’s a member of the Tennessee Sports Writer Association’s Hall of Fame and a four-time TN Sportswriter of the Year.

Patty Meeks

Hometown: Nashville
When did you first join the ski club? 2000
Ski club offices held: Secretary, Trip Leader
Favorite ski resort? Snowmass

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
In November 2021, Brad and I ventured to Tanzania and Zanzibar in Africa.   I loved everything about it.  The land is breathtaking, the people are beautiful on the inside and out, and the Safarias with the animal watching was like nothing else that I have experienced.  I was proud of myself that I didn't let my fear of heights stop me from taking a Hot Air Balloon ride over the Serengeti Valley.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Two dogs: Buddy and Samson
I also have a pond with over 25 Koi fish.  I have two Koi that are over 20 years old:  Casper and Angie.  Casper and Angie will eat out of my hand.

Did you have a stuffed animal as a child? What was its name?
I had a doll that I slept with for years.   She barely had hair left.  Her name was Snoozie.  When I was 5 years old,  I had to have surgery on my eye, and I had to wear a patch on my eye.   When I came out of surgery,  Snoozie had a patch on her eye too.  The hospital staff was so thoughtful to do something like that.

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
I would have to be able to take two trips, but I would time travel back to the moment my children were born

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Outlander
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Jenny Wimsatt

Hometown: Louisville, KY
When did you first join the ski club? I believe 2021
Favorite ski resort? My family and I have been going to The Canyons in Park City, UT for most of the past 20+ years. We’ve always had a great time there.  I’m excited to try new places with NSC.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Music City Pickleball - it’s a blast!  Check it out!

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 18

What is your favorite dessert?
Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
The Blind Side

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
Being a stay at home Mom to my two sons until they were in high school - best job ever!

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative?
No I don’t but, interesting tidbit, my grandmother was best friends with Tom Cruise’s (maternal) grandmother - they played Bridge together. 
Jeff Hall

Hometown: Baraboo, WI
When did you first join the ski club? 2020
Favorite ski resort? Steamboat

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?  
Any trip I can share with my wife, but I really really enjoyed this past ski clubs trip to Switzerland.  A very close second was Greece.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
15 and lived in Japan for a year.  

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Two cats (Busy & Buster).

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?  
Chocolate covered grasshoppers, earth worms & robins eggs.
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Randy Fowler

Hometown: Hamilton, OH
When did you first join the ski club? 2001, I think
Favorite ski resort? I don’t really have a favorite ski resort, but I have liked Kirkwood in Tahoe and Winter Park in CO.

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Probably with the NSC to Italy in 2002.  We did the extension to Rome and Venice and really enjoyed it even more than we did the skiing there.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
I might say Portugal or maybe Singapore mainly because my wife wants to go there.

Do you have any pets?
My wife and I have a dog that looks like Lassie and a Ragdoll cat.

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Reese’s Cups

What is your favorite dessert?
Homemade Apple Pie

What is your favorite hobby?
My favorite hobby/sport without a doubt is GOLF.  I watch golf on TV.  I watch golf on my computer and phone.  I order lots of golf improvement devices, and I play every chance I get in rain, wind, and pretty much any temperature!

What are your other favorite sports to watch?
I played baseball in college and enjoy watching it some as well as football, but neither is my favorite now.

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
A Few Good Men.  My favorite TV show of all time is Justified.  I’ve probably seen the entire series 5 times now.

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative?
I’d like to claim golfer Rickie Fowler. He has the same last name, so he must be a cousin, right?  LOL
Gwen Burlew

Hometown: Knoxville
When did you first join the ski club? 2005
Favorite ski resort? Big Sky

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
I've had a lot of great trips but one of the best was with the ski club to Lake Louise, Canada

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
3 dogs: Bella, a 16 year old miniature beagle 16 yrs old, Judy Peppers,  a 9 year old Shih Tzu and Clementine a Golden Doodle. All are rescues.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Football

What is your favorite holiday?
New Year's Day

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
I'm now a Realtor and a Property Manager and I love it!
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Carrie LaBrec

Hometown: 6 states by the time I was 10, mostly Vashon Island, WA. Have lived in Tennessee the longest. Planning on moving back to the PNW.
When did you first join the ski club? Only 2021! (Thought about it for years).
Favorite ski resort? There are soo many I haven’t been to, but Breckenridge is a sun mountain town.

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
I did a group study abroad partial summer in China through an eastern philosophy program in college. We traveled around 9 cities and really got to immerse in locals culture. I don’t care to go back to China, but it was an unforgettable experience.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Thailand...I love the people and the land.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
I’m a member of various Attorney/Bar associations and various adult soccer leagues.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?  12

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Soccer! Yoga, walking (used to be jogging but slowing down now LOL)
Bob Fortner

Hometown:
Carmi, IL
When did you first join the ski club?
2006
Favorite ski resort?
Telluride

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
12

What is your favorite hobby?
Skiing

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
Skydiving

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Football

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
I'd go back to Steamboat in 2006. I was on stage playing fiddle while watching the ski club get about 100 people in a conga line dancing to Charlie Daniels!
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Bob Beranak

Hometown: I grew up in the southwest burbs of Chicago
When did you first join the ski club? I joined  in 2021 after finding the group at a kayaking trip on the Caney Fork river.
Favorite ski resort? So far it's Beaver Creek but my experience out west is limited so who knows, after this next season, that could change.

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
That is such a hard question, my honeymoon on Cape Cod is on top but Alaska and Switzerland are right there with it, there is just something about the mountains that pulls the heart strings.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Definitely Alaska, it's my favorite place on the planet but I couldn't live there long term.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
The window of course, I love the scenery and trying to find places on the map that I'm flying over.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
Just 4 but hope to change that over the next few years.

What is your favorite zoo animal?
I always loved dolphins because of their personalities and what they can do in the water. I saw a pod of 200 of them in Maui, it was magical.

What is your favorite candy or treat?
My favorite chocolate is Lindt milk chocolate, thanks Switzerland.

What is your favorite dessert?
I'm a sucker for a rich chocolate cake with creamy layers.

What is your favorite hobby?
I'm a golf nut, been playing since I was 11.

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Fishing, hiking, biking

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Hockey is the best sport on the planet to watch but I love watching football and golf too.

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
LOL, I'd love to say I climbed Everest. It will never happen but it would be cool to say I did. I really want to go to the Masters tournament, that is my top bucket list item.
Anne Walton
    
Hometown:
Glasgow, Scotland
When did you first join the ski club?
2011
Favorite ski resort?
In the US, Big Sky, Montana (I no longer ski, but snow-shoed, dog/sledded)

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
So many! - in recent years, Safaris in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe (Also, Israel, Jordan, Turkey and Greece)

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Ireland

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Colonna Club - Catholic Women’s Book Club founded in 1923.
Serra Club - prays for and supports vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.
St Henry Prayer Shawl  Ministry

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Exit row/bulkhead

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
43

What is your favorite zoo animal?
Tiger

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Chocolate

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Eel (in Holland)

What is your favorite dessert?
Any baked crumble + ice cream

What is your favorite hobby?
Reading

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Football (& Soccer). Skiing, golf...

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
Ireland, 19th Century before my ancestors went to Scotland.

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
BallyKissAngel (Baile Coisc Aingel); Peeky Blinders to Season4

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
Hopscotch (w. Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson)

What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
Zoom!
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Marika McCoy

Hometown: Bad Neustadt, Germany
When did you first join the ski club? 2000
Ski club offices held: I was the Ski Club’s Social Chair for about 3 years and had a lot of fun with it. I also was on the board for a couple of times.
Favorite ski resort? Big Sky and Jackson Hole

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Croatia and Vietnam. Both were incredibly beautiful and the people so very welcoming.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
I am a Sierra Club Life member

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
30...and I still have a long list

Do you have any pets?
I had cats and dogs all throughout my life, and they enriched my life in so many ways

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
I had a cow stomach sandwich in Florence, Italy, and tripe in Porto, Portugal

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
Living in Paris in the 20s among the artists and literary greats had to be so inspiring

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
I had a wonderful career as a freelance commercial artist in Miami, working with most of the advertising firms there. Here in Nashville I worked with a company that designed and manufactured gift wrap.

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative?
My uncle climbed the Matterhorn in the 60s, and I am related by marriage to Joan Baez.
Tom Gormley

Hometown:  Frankfort, KY
When did you first join the ski club?   2013 thru Bess working for Bob Mathews
Ski club offices held: Trip Committee Chair, Co-trip leader, Board member
Favorite ski resort?  Big Sky, Banff, Snowmass

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had? China

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane? Aisle

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
14 countries on 5 continents - My goal is to visit every continent.  We are going to Argentina this Dec to get to 6 continents and then I just have to get to Antarctica

What is your favorite dessert?
Mom's pecan pie with vanilla ice cream!!!

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?  Golf

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
I am really a water skier and just pretend to be a snow skier

What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative?
John Morgan of Morgan and Morgan!
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Mike Shamp

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
When did you first join the ski club? 2021
Ski Club offices held: Board Member
Favorite Ski Resort: Alta Ski Resort
 
What's your favorite movie?
Field of Dreams. Never gets old. Just a great story.

What's your favorite holiday?
Christmas. Nothing like the season.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
College football & any baseball. Always a Phillies, Flyers, Eagles and Sixers fan!

What is your favorite job you've ever had?
Being a U.S. Marine. I served our country for 28 years (active & reserve) and retired at the rank of Colonel. It was a great privilege to be entrusted to lead the men and women of this country.

What is your favorite hobby? Wood working and target shooting

Did you ever work in the ski industry? What was your favorite job there?
I was a certified ski instructor in the Poconos at Camelback Ski Resort while in college. Loved every minute. Raced slalom & giant slalom on weekends. Nothing less than a 205/210 cm ski back then – lots of speed! Try those length of boards today! My knees hurt just thinking about it!
Nancy Phillips

Hometown:  My Dad was in the Air Force, so my family moved around quite a bit.
When did you first join the ski club? 2021
Favorite ski resort?  Copper Mountain  (but I haven’t been to Whistler yet – on my bucket list!)

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
The Nashville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, the Tennessee Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 12 countries

What is your favorite dessert?
One of my favorites is  Grasshopper crepes at Hugo’s in Fayetteville (mint chocolate chip ice cream in a crepe, drizzled with chocolate sauce)

What are your favorite hobbies? 
Birding, hiking, scuba diving, snow skiing and genealogy

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Football and hockey

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast? Game of Thrones

What movie can you rewatch over and over again? Twister and Jurassic Park

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had? Bank Teller (Summer job during college)

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?  The Snake
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Judy Hall

Hometown: born in Hartford, CT but grew up in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Florida.
When did you first join the ski club? 1998, I think
Ski club offices held: Board member, trip leader
Favorite ski resort? Snowbird/Alta

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Cortina with NSC including extension to Rome

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Spain, preferably Barcelona.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
I’m very involved with a couple of animal shelters

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Anywhere in 1st class but unfortunately that doesn’t happen very often.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Rescue dog, Sasha and occasional fosters. Right now I am sharing a foster dog named Kangaroo Jack or KJ for short.

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Chocolate, is there anything else?

What is your favorite dessert?
Key lime pie. 1st had it in the keys in 1970 and haven’t anything to rival that

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Does being a gym rat count?

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
Working in a cancer center. It was an amazing group of people and it felt like we made a difference in our patient’s lives.
Sasha Reeder

Hometown: Nashville
When did you first join the ski club? 2021
Favorite ski resort? Steamboat

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Best trip comes down to two trips. My trip to NYC last Christmas, Very fun and just enjoyed my time there. Was in a weird flash mob and crappy comedy club unplanned. Usually when going to NYC the trip is planned and the last trip was unplanned and did the city spur of the moment. Second trip might have to be my most recent trip to Mexico with a group of friends. Very unplanned and just let loose and had fun.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
If all expenses are covered, Monte Carlo. Formula One racing.  A dream of mine to see that like in the streets. The food is spectacular and the views are to die for.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
It all depends. If I am tired then I like the window seat but if I am flying during the day then I like the aisle seats, also closest to the bathroom and first one out.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
Originally from Ukraine, Since living in the States, I have been to Saint Lucia, Dominican Republic and Puerto Vallarta Mexico

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Football, BIg college football fan especially the B1G and SEC. Purdue is my Big 10 team, UTK is my SEC team. I try to make it to three home games each year for each team.
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Gary Woolfolk

Hometown: Jackson, TN
When did you first join the ski club?  1987
Ski club offices held: Board Member, Vice President, Racing Chairman
Favorite ski resort?  Aspen (Ajax)

 
What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
It's a tie between Aspen 1983 and Aspen 2010

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
I'm not sure but I do know I don't want to live anywhere where it never snows!

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Percy Priest Yacht Club, Harpeth Bike Club, Hiking Club

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Window

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Chocolate

What is your favorite dessert?
Ice Cream

What is your favorite hobby?
Sailing

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Canoeing, Kayaking, Bicycling

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Football.  Bring on the USFL!

Do you enjoy traveling? What are some of your favorite places?
My travel includes all 50 US states plus Mexico and Canada. I have visited the UK, France and Italy and have skied at Chamonix and Courmayeur.  I have been on several Caribbean cruises as well.
Sheila Armstrong

Hometown: Nashville up to age 15, then to a farm in Portland, TN to raise horses
When did you first join the ski club? sometime in the late 1980s
Ski club offices held: Board Member many times
Favorite ski resort? Love Steamboat!

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Somewhere in Europe, probably Germany or Switzerland. I appreciate how they approach living their lives.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Yes, Junior League of Nashville, Daughters of the American Revolution, Middle TN Society for Human Resources, Landscaping Committee of my HOA.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Are you kidding me? Any seat in first class is perfect!

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
Gosh, I have traveled extensively through Europe, south of the border and in Canada.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Two beautiful tuxedo cats — Ellie Mae and Lily

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
I tried rattlesnake cooked over a camp fire. Yes, it tastes like chicken.

What is your favorite hobby?
I love painting, gardening and reading.

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
I love tennis and cycling.

What are your favorite sports to watch?

It’s hard for me to watch sports, much prefer to participate in them than sit for hours just watching.

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
I always wanted to ride my bike across the US. Just me and my bike.

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
I have the ability to find four leaf clovers. I found 14 one afternoon, which remains my record at one time.

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
I want to go into the future when traveling and living on other planets is common place. I want to see what beings from other galaxies are involved in, researching, etc. If we are all there is  in the cosmos, I would be so disappointed.

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Yellowstone. I got a free 7 day trial and plowed through the entire four seasons.  Beth is my hero.

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
I got really good at planning virtual happy hours with friends on Zoom.

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative?
No, but I convinced my grade school pals that my “uncle Neil” went to the moon…and no one called BS on me! I hope no one still believes that crap!
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Laura Joyner

Hometown: From age 10 on Brentwood/Franklin
When did you first join the ski club?  1995
Favorite ski resort?  Sundance

Best Ski Club event?
St Patrick’s Day Party in 1995.  Met my future husband, Kenneth, that night. 🥰

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?  
After graduating college I got to go on a 12-countries-in-30-days bus tour around Europe geared to 20+ year olds. It was amazing!!

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Florence, Italy

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 15

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Dog:Shelby  Ponies: Rain and Peanut

What is your favorite zoo animal? Meerkats

What is your favorite candy or treat? Chocolate

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten? Frog Legs

What is your favorite dessert?
All of them. 😊

What is your favorite hobby?  Reading

What are your favorite sports to watch?
UT Football, Basketball & Baseball

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
Tie a cherry stem in a knot

What movie can you re-watch over and over again?
A Knight’s Tale

What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas. Definitely Christmas. 🥰

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
Being a Mom

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative?
Family lore says we are descended from the daughter of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. No evidence to support that other than the Marquis De Lafayette visited my ancestor in South Carolina. 
Brian O'Hanlon

Hometown: I was born on the south side of Chicago, but my father was a salesman and moved us to Lancaster, KY, then Los Angeles and back to Aurora, IL where I graduated from High School
When did you first join the ski club? 2017? (I think)
Ski club offices held: No ski office held but I’m ready to volunteer if they’ll have me Lol!
Favorite ski resort? Park City, it’s the quintessential ski resort town. The largest expanse of skiable terrain in North American and where I started skiing again with my brother after a 40 year hiatus.

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
A few years ago I went to Aurora, IL to visit my sister and I wanted to get some skiing in so we drove up the Fox River Valley to Wilmot Mountain. I had skied  there in high school. It’s a small hill but a good place to get in shape. We spent time in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin which is a pretty little resort town, and then we were going to a blues concert in Round Lake, Wisconsin featuring Corky Siegel and Howard Levy and on our way up we saw Devils Head Resort all lit up, so on the way back and with no plans for New Year’s Eve we went to Devils Head for a long weekend.  We had a great time.  There was 8” of fresh snow,  the resort was filled with Polish immigrants from Chicago and we spent New Year’s Eve on a disco floor with the Polish ski crew and  danced like it was 1999.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Barcelona, it’s a beautiful city, it’s very old, lord knows how many years people have lived in that area on the Mediterranean sea. It reminds me of Los Angeles, and there might be more guitar players in Barcelona than Nashville. LOL!

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
I’m a member of The Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee. And a member of The Nashville Musicians AFM Local 257.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
I like the back seats by the tail, the bathroom and the attendants. Preferably a window seat!

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
10: Spain, England, Canada, Mexico, all countries in Central America. I once drove a Ford Mercury Comet to the country of Panama.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Scooter my very faithful companion dog, a border Collie mix, acquired from a pit bull rescue in White Bluff TN. He’s helped me through lots of tough times and natural disasters.

What is your favorite candy or treat?
I like dried mango slices from Costco, no sugar or additives.

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten? My Mothers rutabaga, yuk!

What is your favorite dessert? My mother’s pumpkin pie, Yum, the bottom crust was a sugar/nut mixture!

What is your favorite hobby? Playing and recording music!

What are your other favorite sports to participate in? Baseball, golf, volleyball and bowling.

What are your favorite sports to watch? Football, go Titans!

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday? Hang gliding, parachuting

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
I speak Spanish and play the guitar! I love decorative painting.

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
Any movie by Pedro Almodóvar, especially Talk To Her! Or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!

What is your favorite holiday?
4th of July, my sister's birthday!

 Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Bugs Bunny and all of the Looney Tunes characters. Great life lessons, the Looney way!

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
The Hokey Poky!! And the Booty Call!

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
I learned how to pull a travel trailer, maintain it and set up a camp site! We did a lot of camping during the pandemic

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative?
Probably because all of the Irish are related if you go back 5 or 6 generations, right?
So, I’ll go with Sinead O’Connor! LoL!
Wait a minute, this one’s even better,
“Yes Virginia (O’Hanlon) there is a Santa Claus!”

The Irish guitar player Peter O’Hanlon called me up once out of the blue, he found my name in the phone book, he was playing guitar with John Prine and Maura O’Connell and others.  He said that all of the O’Hanlon‘s were related.
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Jim Peacock

Hometown: I grew up between Zurich, Paris and different places in Africa - Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Kenya. I certainly didn’t have much of an American education. That made my first years of college rough!
When did you first join the ski club? It must have been around the early ‘90s. Pete was president of that gives a clue.
Favorite ski resort? Vail

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
I went to Brazil for 5 weeks a decade ago by myself. Rio de Janeiro is beautiful and it’s a party city. Out of 14 days I saw the sun come up 10! More recently I took a two week cruise from Switzerland to Amsterdam last fall and experienced 6 countries. My recent life has evolved into a constant stream of trips. I’m writing this from Dubai! I’m used to living out of a suitcase!

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
My dream is to have a small house in southern France and a little car - and no agenda! One day.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
I think I’m up to about 70 countries. All of Europe, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, UAE? Most of Africa except South. Canada, Mexico, Panama,

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
I have a COVID cat Charlie/George. I love him dearly but with all my travels I’ll need to divest. Any takers?

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
I had fried tree weevils in The Amazon jungle of Ecuador. Yesterday I tried camel meat. Yummy!

What is your favorite hobby?
Hiking!

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
One day soon I’m going to start writing songs and form a boy band. Auditions soon.

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
The Big C ( there’s a story)

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
West Coast Swing!

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
Got better at guitar! Also wrote a screenplay.

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative?
My dad wrote The Good News Bible - the first major English translation since the King James. Lots of crosses burned in our yard!
Mary Buckner

Hometown:  Nashville
When did you first join the ski club? 1984
Ski club offices held: Board member, newsletter editor, treasurer

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Walking the Camino de Santiago then spending seven weeks in Australia

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be? Spain

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Lots of meetup groups

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane? Window

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 57

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
A cat named Casper

Did you have a stuffed animal as a child? What was its name?
A stuffed tiger named Stripe Stripe.

What is your favorite candy or treat? My homemade fudge

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
I stay away from weird foods for the most part...but I tried alligator once.

What is your favorite dessert?
Chocolate in most any form.

What is your favorite hobby?  Gardening

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Hiking and kayaking

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
Getting my house totally organized.
 
What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast? Breaking Bad

What is your favorite holiday? Thanksgiving

Teri Hanners

Hometown: Kennett, MO 
When did you first join the ski club? 2020. When the pandemic closed down a trip with another club, I went hunting and I ended up at Beaver Creek with a fantastic bunch of people!
Favorite ski resort? All of them!


What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Aside from ski trips, the best would probably be a summer mostly-camping trip that included Taos, then several stops in CO.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Little Rock Ski Club

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Window - I love to look out.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Just have one pet at the moment- a Black Lab named Nola. She goes nearly everywhere with us, and even had a great time on her first ski trip to Wolf Creek.

Did you have a stuffed animal as a child? What was its name?
I had Zip the monkey

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
I couldn’t tell you WHAT (if I knew, I may not have eaten it), but surely it was at a Vietnamese wedding reception. Everything was wonderful.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
I love college football (Arkansas & Memphis), and Memphis basketball (Tigers & Grizzlies)

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Several, but the last was Ted Lasso.

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
I fell into advertising many years ago. I handle production, and have always loved it. Instead of jobs, I have favorite projects- things that are challenging to pull off, but that turn out beautifully.

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
The Chair Dance - but it’s no secret! Just kidding. I can’t dance! - which is also not a secret
Greg Mowery

Hometown:  Redlands, CA
When did you first join the ski club? 2020
Favorite ski resort? Mammoth Mountain, I grew up skiing there

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
A hiking trip to Patagonia in Argentina  January 2020

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
France.  To learn French and travel.

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 16

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Two Australian Labrodoodles, Rudy and Boone

What is your favorite dessert?
Creme brûlée

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Jiu jitsu

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Football.  Tennessee Titans.  The college teams my kids attended,  Georgia, Tennessee and The Ohio State University

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Cobra Kai

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
Rudy

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
I bought a pool table. I had one as a kid and have enjoyed relearning to play.

David Stewart

Hometown: Fayetteville, AR
When did you first join the ski club? circa 2008-2011? Maybe? Dropped out after a couple years. We had a timeshare at Snowbird, UT that took priority
Favorite ski resort? Alta, UT. Deer Valley is 2nd (with best resort restaurant...Stein Eriksen Lodge)
 

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Tuscany 2010

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Home

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Nashville Swing Dance Club and loosely affiliated with Musikstadt PCA (Porsche club.)

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Aisle

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 8

Did you have a stuffed animal as a child? What was its name?
Mr. Bim (monkey)

What is your favorite zoo animal? Lion

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Ice cream

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Not sure which is the strongest "remember not to eat this again: moment. Brains and uni (sea urchin roe) are equally weird and unpleasant.

What is your favorite dessert? Tiramisu

What is your favorite hobby?
It's a tie between photography and cooking.

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Karting and high performance driving. They require complete focus on task making everything else just melt away when you're in the zone.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Automobile racing (all of it with preference to road courses and endurance racing.)

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
Never will, but would enjoy 200+ mph on a salt flat.

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
I'm multi-talented as both sides of my brain work overtime (blessing and curse) crossing boundaries in a diverse mix of arts, skills, and interests. What you get is what you see percolating to the top in the moment.  I'm a degreed engineer (retired) also published as an artist, author, poet, and photographer.

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Psst! Hey, Bub...there's nothing embarrassing about being focused.

What is your favorite holiday?
July 4 (actually any holiday that includes large fireworks)

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
Jobs are jobs, but there were memorable outcomes in teams,  projects, and products. Repeatedly doing things that "couldn't be done" stand out.

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
It's a close tie between Cecil the Sea Serpent, Pink Panther, and Pinky (the simpleton lab rat from WB's Pinky and the Brain). Each character's personality and "sense" of humanity are boundless.

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
Carioca (a.k.a. a grapevine) in the Hustle...when I can remember it.
Lisa Howell

Hometown: Right here in Nashville, TN.
When did you first join the ski club? 2001. I had a friend and coworker, Pat, who was a member of the Nashville Ski Club and was always talking about the trips as well as local outings and it sounded like so much fun..
Ski club offices held:  None, just a happy member.
Favorite ski resort? Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Cruise of Croatia on a large yacht with the Daytona Ski and Travel Club which was fabulous!

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
The Algarve in Portugal. I am actually hoping to move there once I retire.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Daytona Beach Ski and Travel Clulb, Ski Club of Sarasota, Space Coast Ski and Travel Club.

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 37 and counting.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Three Miniature Pinschers: Daisy Mae 16, Barton 14, and Elijah 12.

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Guinea pig in Peru, puffin in Iceland, camel in Africa.

What is your favorite hobby?
Definitely indoor gardening. Right now the inside of my house looks like a jungle.

What are your favorite sports to watch? Rugby and Soccer.

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
I have been cutting my  hair for over 2 years now. Who knew I could ever do that and still be presentable in public!

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Only Murders In The Building

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
We're No Angels, which is a wonderful Christmas comedy with Humphrey Bogart

What is your favorite holiday?
Halloween and my character is always a witch

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
Computer Helpdesk Operator

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Wile E. Coyote because he keeps going no matter what and just never gives up

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
The Charleston, believe it or not. My Grandmother Cathey taught me the dance when I was young.

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
Getting back into outdoor gardening

Melisa Morris

Hometown:born in Louisville Kentucky.   Moved to Lexington, KY for college at Transylvania University; graduate school at University of Kentucky and just stayed there
When did you first join the ski club? 2019
Favorite ski resort? I’ve not been to a lot of ski resorts but I love Snowshoe, WV and can’t wait to ski Grindelwald!

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
I retired as a school psychologist after 28 years but still contract with schools. I really love the field.

How did you meet your significant other?
AJ and I went to grade school together.   We were in the same class for 4th and 5th grade.  In 7th grade his family moved to Nashville.   We reconnected almost 4 years ago.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
My dog Roxy died in August but we have AJ's dog Pepper who I adore and am thankful for

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Travel is my passion.   I’ve had some amazing travel experiences.   I can hardly pick a favorite but if I really had to pick I’d say the British Isles.  I adore England and Wales (and Ireland and Scotland too).  I’ve loved travel in the US including Maine, NYC, Virginia, SC, Arizona, Utah, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Oregon, California, and Michigan.   Kentucky is an absolutely beautiful state although I’m a bit partial.

What countries have you visited outside the US?
AJ and I recently went to Denmark to see his daughter Caroline who is doing a semester abroad in Copenhagen.   Such a fascinating country!   I’ve also been to France, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico, and  lots of islands in the Caribbean.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year where would it be?
Southern Spain (probably Barcelona).   I didn’t know it was a bucket list location until I went there.

What are your other hobbies or favorite sports to participate in?
In addition to travel, I enjoy tennis and kayaking.  I like hiking and I used to be on a kickball team but people kept getting hurt so we switched to darts, bowling, and cornhole leagues. Much safer!

Do you have any claim to fame?
I was on the Tagalongs Girl Scout cookie box in the late 70s and I used to do commercials.   Interesting fact: I did a Burger Queen commercial with Abe Vigoda and when AJ and I reconnected we realized his sister Jackie was in the same commercial.

Steve Lee

Hometown:  Long Beach, CA
When did you first join the ski club? 2020
Favorite ski resort?  Beaver Creek/Vail

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
A trip to Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland with my brother. He took factory delivery of a car in Germany.


What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
The aisle seat

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 10

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
My wife and I live on a small farm, so 8 horses, 20 goats, 7 dogs and 3 working cats. Some of the horses, goats, dogs and cats are rescue animals.

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Not sure the name, but I’m crazy about sushi in Japan

What is your favorite dessert?
Apple pie with ice cream

What is your favorite hobby?
Snow Skiing

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Horseback riding

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
Team roping

What is your favorite holiday? Christmas

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
Sales management for Nikon Inc.

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
The Road Runner

Mike Cooper


Hometown: Memphis, TN
When did you first join the ski club? Too damn long ago. I’m thinking 1990 or so. Mickie actually did the homework, got in touch, and contacted Pete. Probably before we even moved from Memphis.
Ski club offices held: None. I’m usually pretty busy painting.
Favorite ski resort?  I’d have to say Banff.  Absolutely gorgeous. As long as I can see out of both eyes, anyway, and stay away from gates!

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Our NSC trips to Italy.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Florence, Italy

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Octopus in black octopus ink! On a NSC trip to Andorra!

What is your favorite hobby?
Guitar!

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Racquetball, Pickleball, Badminton, Horseshoes, Softball, and Frisbee.

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Ted Lasso

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
Most of the Bourne movies, and of course, Die Hard! Then there’s Blazing Saddles. Oh, and The Godfather. I could go on.

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
The one I’ve got right now! (Painting murals) And I don’t even consider it a job!

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative?
Yes. Joe, of The Three Stooges (Curly, Larry, Moe, Shemp and Joe) He was my Great Uncle.

Anne Wilkins

Hometown:  South Windsor, CT
When did you first join the ski club? 2016
Ski club offices held: None (yet!)
Favorite ski resort?  Okemo Vermont as a youth; now, anywhere out West is my new favorite.

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Backpacked across Asia with friends one summer.  Amazing way to travel!

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Europe so I could explore all its countries and regions in more depth; maybe I need more than a year.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Bulkhead aisle for sure... get to rest the feet and no one is reclining into me

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Haven't found it yet; I'm game for almost anything.

What is your favorite dessert?
Tiramisu

What is your favorite hobby?
Reading - the library is one of my happy places

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
I would time travel to the point in the future when Star Trek-like transporters become reality. That is one invention I would like to see how it transforms the world.

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
Jaws - love the locals' accents and summer vibe.  I grew up in New England so it feels like home, minus the shark of course.

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
Hiking a lot- aiming to hike all 56 state parks in TN; still have a long way to go!

Barb Ford


Hometown: I was born in Palo Alto, CA before it was cool.  Raised in Connecticut, Nantucket and Vermont
When did you first join the ski club? 2011
Ski club offices held: Ski trip Friday night chef (an unofficial title)
Favorite ski resort?  Wherever we are with NSC!  Probably Steamboat…or Park City

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Vienna in the Spring.  Or Ireland Castle Tour. Or Madrid and Valencia at Christmas…or Christmas Markets river cruise…,or Rome at Christmas.  I can’t decide…travels with Tony are just too good!

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary, James Beard Foundation, Ladies’ Dining Out.  Peripheral membership in others:  Women United, Salvation Army, World Central Kitchen

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Aisle up front (first class?)

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 20 I think

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Two Brittany rescues: Kate and BooBoo

Did you have a stuffed animal as a child? What was its name?
A Steiff tiger puppet named Tigger

What is your favorite zoo animal?  giraffe

What is your favorite candy or treat?  dark chocolate

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?  Monkey brains

What is your favorite dessert?
Adele's Chocolate Burdino

What is your favorite hobby?
Cooking, of course!

AJ Willett

Hometown:  Phoenix, AZ
When did you first join the ski club?  2019, but my dad was a member back in the 80s and I used to go with him to some events like the Warren Miller Ski Film Festivals and gear swaps
Ski club offices held: Board member
Favorite ski resort?  Vail. Or maybe Park City. No wait, Grindelwald!

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had? When my daughter graduated from high school a few years ago, she and I spent a couple weeks in Iceland, Norway and Denmark. It was an amazing experience, and she loved it so much she's currently there doing a semester abroad in Copenhagen. Took a similar trip with my son when he graduated and we went to the 24 Hours of LeMans race in France and then to Germany where we rented a race car and drove laps around the Nurburgring track in Germany.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?  I have a dog named Pepper that we adopted from a Golden Retriever rescue.  

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 20-ish I think

What is your favorite hobby? kayaking

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Breaking Bad. I was late to the game on that one. I got pretty obsessed with Ozark too.

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
I worked the bar at the Bluebird Cafe one summer when I was in college. Met all kinds of singers and songwriters. I was the only person working there who wasn't trying to get into the music business.

Mike Tucker


Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
When did you first join the ski club?  1998
Favorite ski resort?  Whistler, British Columbia

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Cortina Italy. I fell in love with the country and language, so much that I spent three years learning the language.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
You would think I'd say Italy after my last answer, but I would like to give Switzerland a try for one year.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
I play golf weekly with the Nashville Seniors Invitational Golf Association.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
I'm ambidextrous, I'll sit in either the aisle or window.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
Five.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
One mixed breed rescue dog, named Teagan, which in Irish means poet, but can also mean beautiful or perfect.

Did you have a stuffed animal as a child? What was its name?
My childhood stuffed animal was a panda bear named Andy.

What is your favorite zoo animal?
Panda bears of course. When I lived in D.C. I loved going to the National Zoo to see the Panda bears.

What is your favorite candy or treat?
I'll never turn down a Reese's Peanutbutter Cup.

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
If it's weird I won't eat it, though once I did eat alligator. Is that weird?

What is your favorite dessert?
German Chocolate cake, which I never get because my wife doesn't like it.

What is your favorite hobby?
Skiing if you consider something done once or twice a year a hobby.

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Golf

What are your favorite sports to watch?
NFL Football

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
I wouldn't travel back in time because this is the best there is so far and I wouldn't travel into the future because who knows what's going to happen ten or twenty years from today. It could be the middle of Armageddon or a dystopian society.

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Queen's Gambit

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
Two equal favorites: Dr. Zhivago and La La Land.

What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas. It is two days after our wedding anniversary. The closeness of the two makes for a special time.

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
What I do now. Write novels and short stories.

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Roadrunner. He always wins.

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
I'm most awesome when not dancing!

Jean Mathews

Hometown: Nashville
When did you first join the ski club:
1980
Ski club offices held:
Board member for a few months, Treasurer, and Secretary
Favorite ski resort?
Big Sky and Vail, where we spent our honeymoon with the Ski Club


What are some of your favorite trips (traveling wise) you ever had? 
Greece, Peru, Ecuador (& the Galapagos), and a Viking cruise from Buenos Aires around Cape Horn to Valparaiso (Santiago), including Mendoza & 5 days in Chilean wine country

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Australia, Spain, or Italy

How many countries have you visited outside the US?  48

What is your favorite zoo animal?  Penguins

What are your other favorite sports / activities to participate in, besides skiing? 
Snorkeling and Hiking

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Olympic ice skating and Titans football (UT some years)

Do you have a famous (or infamous) relative? 
A distant cousin was John Brown, the abolitionist who organized the raid on Harpers Ferry before the Civil War

Renie Meyer


Hometown: Kingston, TN (where the steamstacks are)
When did you first join the ski club? About 2001, I think
Favorite ski resort? Snowmass or Telluride

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
China with Viking – I feel like I saw everything I would ever like to see in China.  Crescent’s Australia/New Zealand trip was fantastic, too!!

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Ireland.  I haven’t been yet, and it’s definitely on my bucket list to go.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane? Window

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
23. Most of those were with Viking River Cruises. Short stops in each.  I have not lived in any other country.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Jasper! He is a mini Goldendoodle, now 7 years old. So smart, so sweet.  He’s our boy.

What is your favorite zoo animal?
The Giraffe, tho for cuteness, I’d have to say the Red Panda

What is your favorite candy or treat?  
A Pepperidge Farms Oatmeal Raisin Cookie with coffee

What is your favorite hobby?
Puzzles! Crosswords, Solitaire on my computer (what a time suck!) and jigsaw!

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Titans football

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
Love Actually, and the live action Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson.

What is your least favorite ski area?
I took a day trip to Squaw Valley from a Tahoe trip. It was so icy that after I got down to the base after 1 “run”, it was time to start beer at 10 AM! Not fond of Snowbird either.  Both were icy and few/no trees (but I have only been to those once)

Howard Holmes

Hometown: Hartford, WI
When did you first join the ski club:
1982,  Started skiing in 1970
Ski club offices held:
Board Member
Favorite ski resort?
Jackson Hole, WY

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Heavenly at Lake Tahoe in 2003 when Menda and I got engaged.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
I prefer a window seat near the back so I can see what the pilot is doing by watching the control surfaces on the wings.  In the rare event the plane does not land at an airport I would be one of the last passengers to arrive at the scene of the accident.

What is your favorite hobby?
Flying:  Single engine aircraft, hot air balloons and radio controlled models including drones.

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
Building or buying a small amphibious seaplane with foldable wings so we could trailer it when we travel.  I would add a gimballed video camera in the nose to shoot low altitude shorelines and document other interesting airborne adventures.

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
To the greatest event in human history, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Tim Demonbreun


Hometown: Nashville
When did you first join the ski club:
1999
Favorite Ski Resort:
Vail, CO

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?  Alaska (5 trips so far!)

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?  England

How many countries have you visited outside the US?  12

Do you have any pets? What are their names?  Cat (Oliver)

What is your favorite dessert?  German Chocolate Cake

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday? (Hopefully not crazy) hike the John Muir Trail

Ed. Note: Tim's family is among the oldest in Nashville. If you can't read the plaque in the photo I encourage you to enlarge it so you can!  (And no, it's not pronounced demon-bruin, it's de-MUN-bree-un !)

Carol Janusek

Hometown: By the time I was 12 I’d lived in 9 different mostly northern states due to my dad’s job. We then settled  in the Chicago suburbs which I consider home.
When did you first join the ski club:
2002
Ski club offices held:
Board Member
Favorite ski resort?
No favorite ski resort but especially like Big Sky, Telluride, & Steamboat

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
3 stand out: Jamaica, Greece & a more recent Baltic cruise (area of my ancestors!)

What movie can you re-watch over and over again?
The King's Speech

What is your favorite zoo animal?
Gorillas.  I can watch them all day.

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
Sales service at Boise Cascade. Best people I ever worked with & made friends I’m still in touch with!

What is your favorite dessert or treat?
Chocolate chip cookies & a glass of wine

Barb Laifer


Hometown: Wheeling, WV
When did you first join the ski club:
1984
Favorite Ski Resort:
Beaver Creek, CO and Big Sky, MT

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Traveling to Europe with my mom and aunt.  They made sure that the trip included where the Sound of Music was filmed in Austria.

What's your favorite zoo animal?
The elephant because when I was performing in the opera Aida I interacted with the elephant before the shows quite a bit. They are very smart, sweet animals.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
I currently own a rescued dog Bailey that is part Golden Retriever and part who knows what else.  Four months before Bailey, I had rescued a cat that I named Ginger. Unfortunately the dog and cat don’t get along so it can get a little tricky at times.

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
During the pandemic I purchased an inflatable kayak which I’ve paddled on several lakes, and I have gone on many river trips where I rent a hard shelled kayak with a Meet Up group that I joined.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
I am a member of several groups now that I have retired. I really enjoy getting together with people to bike.

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
My favorite seat on a plane is by the window so I can curl up and sleep.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
I have traveled to many countries and enjoyed being part of the Robert Page Festival Singers. I toured with them on two different trips and really enjoyed singing under the best choral conductor ever and singing in beautiful world famous concert halls.  My favorite being Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Spain.

Larry Tremain

Hometown: Merritt Island, FL
When did you first join the ski club:
2019
Favorite ski Resort: Okemo Mtn in Ludlow, VT – It was our family resort for 25 years while living in Connecticut.  However, I’m now focused on skiing west of the Mississippi.

You don’t live in Nashville, how did you come to join the ski club? 
My wife and I are country music fans, have been coming to Nashville for 15 years and have been owners of a condo downtown for the past 11 years.  Name a country performer and we have probably heard them live, some whom we have traveled to other cities to attend their concert.    

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
My best ski trip was to Jackson Hole  in 2020, sponsored by the club.  Great conditions, great group of people and fun apres-ski activities.

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Space Coast Freewheelers cycling club in Central Florida.  Riding a bike in a group pace line is an interesting way to share an activity.

What is your favorite zoo animal?
I particularly enjoy aviaries, particularly if designed to such that birds are flying freely within the building. No one bird type, but the diversity of colors and adaptations to the environment are fascinating.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
I enjoy a range of sports, but attending the event, being part of the crowd, is vastly more enjoyable than watching on TV.

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?  
Ground Hog Day.  A takeaway message for me is to use time wisely and constructively, no matter how boring the day, as Bill Murray’s character ultimately realized.  Reminds me of the past year of limitations due to COVID-19.  Also, he gets the girl (Andie MacDowell) in the end.

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?  
Pharmaceutical R&D.  I spent 34 years working at Pfizer and have continued working as a part time consultant with small biotech companies since retirement.

Mack McCoy


Hometown: Jackson, TN
When did you first join the ski club:
2010
Favorite ski Resort: Telluride, CO

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
I’ve had some amazing trips with Marika and naming the “best trip” is much like asking me who is my favorite child.  But one of the more memorable trips we took was to Prague and Vienna.  Vienna inspires your mind and Prague nurtures your soul!  Our trip to Vietnam is a close second.  Our take-away from that trip where the amazing smiling faces of both the young children and the old people.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
So far we have visited around twenty countries and we have many more in the pipeline.

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?
If I could time travel, I would love to go to Paris in the 1920’s to hang out with Picasso, Stein, Hemingway and all of the other thought leaders of that generation.

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
My secret dance move is “sole dancing”.  I developed this dance while walking barefoot on really hot pavement and I am really good at it!

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
My favorite cartoon characters are the cows in Gary Larson’s Far Side.  They are so much cooler and smarter than we are.

What is your favorite holiday?
My favorite holiday is “Festivus”. Festivus for the rest of us! (George Costanza)

Suzie Dukic

Hometown:  Nashville
When did you first join the ski club? 2012
Ski club offices held: Co-membership Chair, Assistant Trip Leader
Favorite ski resort? The Summit in Big Sky

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Amalfi Coast, Italy

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane? Window

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 10

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
Yes, Arya (Blackmouth Cur Mix) & Sansa (American Pit Bull Terrier)

What is your favorite zoo animal? Gorilla

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Chocolate

What is your favorite dessert?
Anything with chocolate

What is your favorite hobby?
Paddling, kayak/paddle board

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Hiking, Backpacking, RV camping

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
Hike Mt. Kilamonjaro

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had?
The ones I have now: Professor and Licensed Counselor

During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?
Got better with using Zoom


Linda Taylor


Hometown: Two River, WI
When did you first join the ski club:
1997
Ski club offices held: Board Member, Membership Chair
Favorite ski Resort: Telluride, CO

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
Prague to Paris river cruise with my Mom.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be? 
Cayman Islands

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane? 
Window

How many countries have you visited outside the US? 
9 Countries and 8 Caribbean Islands

Did you have a stuffed animal as a child? What was its name? 
Dusty (white dog made by sister) and Peanuts (plaid horse made by great Aunt) went everywhere with me

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Green Bay Packers

What is your favorite holiday? 
My Birthday

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why? 
Speedy Gonzales because he is the fastest mouse in Mexico and he gets cheese for his best friend Slow Poke Rodriguez

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
The Hop Polka

Jim Walton

Hometown: Nashville
When did you first join the ski club:
2011
Favorite ski Resort: Big Sky, MT

What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
I did 45 years of international business so there are so many. I will say our visit to the Okavanga Delta in Botswana.

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be? 
Zurich

Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?
Sertoma Club of Nashville, Serra Club of Nashville

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
EXIT Row in any class

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
121

What is your favorite zoo animal?
Elephant

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Gummi Bear

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Chinese duck feet with mustard.

What is your favorite dessert? 
Key Lime pie

What is your favorite hobby? 
Clay sculpture

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Sailing

What are your favorite sports to watch? 
College Football (Roll Tide Roll)

What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?
Walking the Camino de Santiago

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
Play Guitar (and do it well...)

Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible? 
To Paris 1928

What show did you binge watch embarrassingly fast? 
The Crown

What movie can you rewatch over and over again?
Love Actually

What is your favorite job you’ve ever had? 
Selling large Equipment Internationally

Who is your favorite cartoon character and why?
Calvin & Hobbes. Irreverent child humor.

David Smith


Hometown: Dunlap, TN
When did you first join the ski club:
2002
Favorite ski Resort: Big Sky, MT

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be? 
Colorado or Montana

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Behind the wings

What is your favorite candy or treat?
Either Almond Joy or M&M Peanut

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Rattlesnake

What is your favorite hobby?
Golfing, hunting, fishing

What is your favorite dessert?
French coconut pie

What is your favorite sport to watch?
Football

Samantha Reedy

Hometown: Brentwood, TN
When did you first join the ski club: 2013
Ski club offices held: None, just a regular on the family ski trips that my sister, Kelly Frizzell, leads. My mom, Sandy Hill, is also a member.
Favorite Ski Resort: Beaver Creek, CO

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Always the window. I love to see the world from a different vantage point. The beauty of it makes me feel so small and puts any troubles into perspective.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?
13, mostly in Europe.

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
We have two goldendoodles, Palmer and Daly. Both named after the golfers.

What is your favorite zoo animal?
Elephants. We were sad to see them leave the Nashville Zoo, but we recently visited friends in Jacksonville and found them at the zoo there.

What is your favorite dessert?
Right now, it’s Jeni’s White Chocolate Peppermint ice cream, but usually it’s just wine. Haha!

Kelly Ginn


Hometown: Logansport, IN
When did you first join the ski club: 2017
Favorite ski Resort: Whistler!

How many countries have you visited outside the US?   23

What is your favorite hobby?
Running - I usually try to run 2-3 half marathons a year - favorite on is Gasparilla in Tampa. I get to dress up like a pirate to run!

What are your favorite sports to watch?
Titans Football and University of Kentucky Basketball

What show on Netflix did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?
Ozarks!

What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?
Aisle so I don't have to bother anyone to get up.

Brad Meeks

Hometown:
San Francisco, CA.
When did you first join the ski club: 2005 to go on a ski trip with Patty
Favorite Ski Resort: Mammoth

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?
Beach Home in Hawaii

What's your favorite seat on an airplane?
I like to sit by the window, but so does Patty!

Do you have any pets? What are their names?
A white and grey Bichon/Shitzu named Buddy

What is your favorite hobby? Playing guitar

Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?
Playing music by ear.   I cannot read music but can hear a piece of music, pick up a guitar, and start playing the song.

What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
All of them, ha, ha.  Not really, but I did tie in a dance contest against Joe Moreau and before I backed out, we were supposed to have a dance off.

Lou Gerner


Hometown: Milford, Connecticut. My wife and I moved to Tennessee when we retired a few years ago.
When did you first join the ski club: I joined the ski club shortly after moving to Tennessee in 2017.
Favorite ski Resort: My favorite ski resort in the east is Killington, VT known as the “Beast of the east”. My favorite ski resort in the west is Vail.

What is the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?
The best trip I was ever on was my trip to France. I especially like Normandy. My trip to Alaska is a close second.

What's your favorite seat on an airplane?
My favorite seat when I fly is any seat in first class or the aisle seat.

How many countries have you visited outside the US?  
I have visited five countries outside the United States; Aruba, Dominican Republic, France, Ireland and Italy.

What is your favorite dessert?
My favorite dessert is Key lime pie. My wife makes the best. The second best I ever had was at a golf course near Thomas Edison’s laboratory in Florida.  

What is your favorite hobby? Woodworking

What are your other favorite sports to participate in?
Boating is my favorite summer sport. I also like to hike, bike and kayak. I have been sidelined recently because of a knee injury.

What are your favorite sports to watch?
I like to watch hockey.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I am a brown belt in one form of Taekwondo and a black belt in another.

What is your favorite job you ever had?  
It’s hard to choose my favorite job but I can narrow it down.
My favorite job was teaching in the ghetto of Darien, Connecticut. Some of the poor high school kids had pre-owned BMWs without factory installed sun roofs.  (It was actually a wonderful place to teach.)

Retirement, they pay me to stay home.

Friederike Statum


Hometown Bad Tölz, Bavaria

When did you first join the ski club? 2000

Ski club offices held: Ski club party organizing, decorating assistant to Sandy Hill for the past several years. Missing our fun parties!

Favorite ski resort? Whistler


What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?

My home stomping ground is always the best, Bavaria, Austria and Italy. My big adventure was traveling and living in Vietnam and traveling in Thailand and Hong Kong.


If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Bavaria, Süd Tirol and northern Italy. I would love to rekindle my childhood trips.


How many countries have you visited outside the US?

24: Germany, Kingdom of Bavaria, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Luxembourg, Lichtenstein, Holland, Belgium, France, England, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Lebanon, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong.


Are you a member of any other clubs or organizations?

Special Olympics and other organizations benefiting people with disabilities have been my main volunteer activities. In the past years I have coached SO bowling, basketball, tennis and swimming, also skiing in Gatlinburg.


What is your favorite candy or treat?

Chocolate in any shape or form. Milka with Hasselnüsse.


What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

Champignons Escargots, they tasted delicious when I didn't think about what I ate.


What are your other favorite sports?

I love to play tennis . Hiking always gets me high


What are your favorite sports to watch? Politics!!!


What is your favorite holiday?

Thanksgiving . Celebrating family and friends with gratitude.


During the pandemic did you learn a new skill or improve an old one?

Reading and expanding my horizon with books that challenge my thinking.


Bess Gormley


Hometown: San Bernardino, CA (though I’ve lived in Nashville most of my life)

When did you first join ski club: 2013

Ski club offices held:  Board Member

Favorite ski resort: Steamboat


What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had? 

Hard to pick but ski trips are always fun. My first ski trip was with a group of teens when I was 15 to Park City. It was my Christmas present and it was SO MUCH FUN! Tom and I honeymooned in Kitzbuhel, Austria where we were stranded after the slopes closed and had to hike and ski our way home by moonlight. Very romantic. We were too poor in both time and money to ski for years after. Our first family ski trip was to Breckenridge for my 40th birthday. I think we tried to go every year after that. We joined the ski club when the kids grew up and made fast ski buddies with whom we’ve shared many a great trip.


If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be? 

Steamboat? Or maybe somewhere safely exotic in Spanish-speaking Central or South America. I’d like to learn to surf – so let’s go with Costa Rica. Tom could golf.


What’s your favorite seat on an airplane? 

The window! And not necessarily in first class, though nice.


How many countries have you visited outside the US? 

Several, England and much of continental Europe, though I’m still missing the Iberian & Balkan Peninsulas, the northern countries, and the rest of United Kingdom. We’ve been to several countries in Central America but never South America. And let’s not forget the 18 days in China. I realllly want to visit Spain.


What is your favorite zoo animal? 

Chimps! Or giraffes! Or bears! Maybe anteaters. (Have you seen their tongues?) It’s hard to pick.  The zoo is fun on a cool fall day!


What is your favorite candy or treat? 

All treats are tempting, especially good chocolate. The Sees Candy stores call my name when I walk by in the airports. Sees makes the best chocolate candies.


What is your favorite dessert? 

I do like good chocolate. And anything with eggs, butter, cream and sugar combo. I also like grapefruit for dessert.


What is your favorite hobby?

No real hobbies. I’m not organized enough to have a hobby. I like needlework and I used to sew, but not so much lately.


What are your other favorite sports to participate in? 

Sports?? I try and stay in shape for skiing! This includes walking, hiking, swimming and a few strength moves. Any sport that includes a ball eludes me. Am I am not competitive in the least. I don’t want anybody to lose.


What are your favorite sports to watch? 

Ice skating and water polo. My sporting interests are not quite mainstream.


What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday?

Surfing - Not so crazy but I’m running out of time!


Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do?

I have no talents, hidden or otherwise. I play piano by laboriously practicing what old dead white men have written down.  I can’t get the rhythm for anything more exciting. I sing in an excellent choir at church but it’s hard work and it’s excellence belongs to the attributes of others.


Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible? 

It depends on the rules: Would they know I didn’t belong? Would I have the right clothes? Would I be in danger? Could I be younger? Could I be male? This is why I like to read a good book, historical or fictional. Time travel is endlessly possible with a good book.


What show on Netflix did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?

Last one – Queen’s Gambit series in 4 or 5 days I don’t watch a lot of TV but I tend to binge when I get hooked.


What movie can you rewatch over and over again?

I will watch It’s a Wonderful Life every year if I can find it.


What is your favorite holiday? 

Thanksgiving.  It’s good family time.          


What is your favorite job you’ve ever had? 

I am a lucky woman to have a job with great people and support. That makes all the difference.

Gary Moore


Hometown: Nashville, TN

When did you first join the ski club? 1990

Ski club offices held: Board Member

Favorite ski resort? Steamboat


What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had? Innsbruck 2008


If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Hard question as there are many. Greece and Italy


What’s your favorite seat on an airplane? Aisle seat by the emergency exit


How many countries have you visited outside the US? Just 4


Do you have any pets? What are their names?

I have a miniature dachshund named Hannibal


Did you have a stuffed animal as a child? What was its name? Don't remember any stuffed animals but I had a stuffed Casper the friendly ghost


What is your favorite hobby?

Collecting and painting military miniatures (toy soldiers)


What are your favorite sports to watch? Formula 1 racing


Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible? Ancient Greece


What show on Netflix did you binge watch embarrassingly fast?

Stranger Things


What movie can you rewatch over and over again?

Any of the Star Wars films


What is your favorite holiday? Halloween


What is your favorite job you’ve ever had? Current one, Retirement

Adam Durham


Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

When did you first join the ski club? 2012

Favorite ski resort? Telluride


What’s your favorite seat on an airplane?  Window so that I can fall asleep easy. I usually fall asleep on planes and in cars.


How many countries have you visited outside the US?  6: Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, France, Italy, and Switzerland


What are your other favorite sports to participate in?  Golf


What movie can you rewatch over and over again?  Tombstone. Mostly for Doc Holliday.


Where and when would you time-travel, if it were possible?  Everyone always says some time in the past. I would go 30 years in the future for stock tips and lotto numbers.


What is your favorite dessert?  Gentleman Jack neat.

Kathy Ware Turk


Hometown: Oceanport NJ

When did you first join the ski club? 2017

Favorite ski resort? Crans Montana, Switzerland (though I'm not a skier, I love traveling!)


Are you involved in any other clubs or groups? I currently serve as Commodore of Percy Priest Yacht Club and served on the Board as an elected officer for the last 5 years. I will serve one more year in 2021 as Past Commodore before I have to leave the Board after a 6-year term. I ran “Learning at the Helm” for 14 years at PPYC, a sailing program to teach new sailors, and team-taught new sailors with my late husband, Bob, and he and I raced in regattas for several years.


What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had? Chartering with my husband Bob on a 39’ sailboat in Tortola BVIs with another 2 other couples as crew, a 41’ sailboat in Tortola BVIs with 2 other couples as crew, and a 44’ sailboat in Belize with 3 other couples as crew.


What’s your favorite seat on an airplane? Window. I like to see everything!


How many countries have you visited outside the US? BVI twice, Belize, Bermuda, Cancun, Bahamas, Switzerland twice, Rio de Janeiro-Brazil


Do you have any pets? What are their names? No pets, need to be free to travel!


What is your favorite hobby? Sailing


What crazy activities do you dream of trying someday? In college I had thought sky diving would be fun until a jump team member’s chute didn’t open.


Do you have any hidden talents? What can you do? I sing lead soprano in my church choir and church soloist occasionally when asked.


What show on Netflix did you binge watch embarrassingly fast? Outlander


What movie can you rewatch over and over again? Pretty Woman


What is your favorite holiday? Christmas


What is your favorite job you’ve ever had? Nabisco International-NY as Executive Asst. to EVP


What dance move are you secretly awesome at? Cha cha, not awesome but decent.

Sandy Hill


Hometown: Mobile, AL

When did you first join ski club: 2001

Ski club offices held:  Board Member

Favorite ski resort: Between Big Sky, Snowmass and Vail


What's your favorite ski trip?

All the ones except when I broke my Humerus Bone in Jackson Hole or Collar Bone in Coyote Glades at Beaver Creek. Each trip has been too fantastic to choose only one!


Did you have a stuffed animal as a child? What was its name? Snowball Fat a small cloth clown (I still have him!) which I got when I was 4 years old.


What show on Netflix did you binge watch embarrassingly fast? Game of Thrones but don't tell anyone!


What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had?

That would be between going to Tahiti and staying in Bora Bora (amazing!!), China including Tibet (weird people/place), Alaska (the women say "the odds are good; the goods are odd"), and Normandy where we stayed in Arromanche with my cousins, Cruises with friends in Europe, and every ski trip except the ones listed above. Oh and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (put to the top of your bucket list)


What is your favorite candy or treat?

Anything where chocolate is the main ingredient!

Sara Tamas Shamblin


Hometown: Knoxville, TN

When did you first join ski club: 2001

Ski club offices held:  Board Member, President, VP, Trip Leader

Favorite ski resort: Steamboat, but Snowmass is a close second!


If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?   Switzerland! I love the mountains and love this country; I was an exchange student to Switzerland in high school and fell in love with it, have been back several times since


What is your favorite hobby?  My favorite hobby is hiking, I grew up hiking in the Smokies and have set a new goal of hiking all the trails in the Smokies, which will take about 1200 miles to accomplish.


What are your other favorite sports to participate in? I am passionate about sailing, we race our sailboat on Priest Lake, and plan to spend a lot of time offshore when we retire.


How many countries have you visited outside the US?  I haven't traveled that much, YET! I have been to Canada and Mexico, Belize on this continent. In Europe I've traveled to England, Ireland, France, Iceland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg and Lichtenstein.  So many more places to see!


Do you have any pets? Of course I do, I'm a veterinarian! I have far fewer pets now than I ever have: one dog, Irish Setter named Rogan, three cats: Suri, Dante and Kadaj. In the past I've had up to 8 dogs at one time, 7 cats, bearded dragons, cockatiels, African Grey parrot and a Sulcata tortoise.


What's the weirdest food you've eaten? Define "weird"! I'm game for anything as we travel, I figure no one will eat food that tastes yucky, so even if it's not something we consider normal I'll give it a try! I won't eat crickets again.


What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas! I still believe in magic. It's the one time I know my children will be home.


What is your favorite zoo animal? It would have to be some cat, either a clouded leopard or a cheetah, they're graceful and relatively easy to handle.

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Peter Tuttle


Hometown: Syracuse NY (God's Country)

When did you first join the ski club? Dec 1987 (To go white water rafting, not to ski. I already planned my own trips every year)

Ski club offices held: Board Member, Membership Chair, President, VP, Trip Chair, Crescent Rep, Web Editor, Long Distance Trip Leader, Weekend Trip Leader, Beach Trip Leader, Database Admin, Publicity Chair, Volleyball Coordinator, Ski Show/Ski Film Coordinator

Favorite ski resort? Vail. It was the only western resort I had ever skied before I joined the ski club, with no plans to ever go anywhere else. Guess that (the not going anywhere else) changed.


How many countries have you visited outside the US? 14


Do you have any pets? What are their names? Just one now, a dog named Domino


What are your favorite desserts? Candy Cane pie, Baked Alaska


What are your other favorite sports to participate in? Ice Hockey


What are your favorite sports to watch? Ice Hockey, College Basketball, College Lacrosse, College Football


What is your favorite holiday? Any family gathering


What is your favorite job you’ve ever had? The one I have now. I help people sign up for Medicare plans (Medicare Advantage; Prescription Drug Plans; Medicare Supplement Plans).


Who is your favorite comic strip/ cartoon character and why? Calvin and Hobbes   (Well, duh, have you read it?)

Joe Moreau


Hometown: Durand, IL

When did you first join the ski club? 1999

Ski club offices held: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Trip Leader, Apres Ski Party DJ

Favorite ski resort? SteaTelluMass (Steamboat, Telluride, Snowmass) I have to have some variety!


What’s the best trip (traveling wise) you ever had? 7 weeks in throughout Europe


If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be? Europe because of variety, but New Zealand is a close second!


What is your favorite dessert? Fresh fried chocolate chip skillet cookie with vanilla ice cream


What is your favorite hobby? Watching live music


What are your favorite sports to watch? Titans football