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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


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.

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