GUYS, YES GUYS. IF YOU CAN'T COME UP WITH YOUR OWN PROFILE, PLEASE DON'T STEAL MINE. AT LEAST 3 OF YOU HAVE STOLEN IT WORD FOR WORD. I WILL REPORT YOU, AND WHAT GOOD DOES THAT DO FOR ANYONE?
My High School nickname was Gentle Ben. To this day, almost 40 years after graduating, when I go back to visit, people approach me on the street with some variation of "Hi Ben!". It's nice to be remembered. If you don't know who Gentle Ben was, you are undoubtedly too young for this ride.
I am a semi retired Opera Singer, selling Volvos to pay the rent. I sing with a major, Grammy winning, Symphonic chorus in DC, which allows me to keep the voice in shape. As for the rest of my shape, it's been better. At one point in my life, in the not too distant past, I was in the gym 6 nights a week for 3 hours at a time. My body building days are behind me. I was in the best shape of my life, but found that that life was sorely lacking. Time to go back in moderation.
In My Senior year in HS was All State in Football, Track and Chorus. I played college football at Bucknell University and 4 years of semi pro in Philadelphia. My main form of exercise now is squash.
I was a History and English major in college with a voice minor. I began an MBA, but realized that I wanted nothing more than to sing, so I pitched it all and had a very successful opera career that lasted 12 years. I lived and sang in Austria in the '80's, sang in England, France and the States, was hailed "an absolute marvel" for my NY debut, sang with Pavarotti, who became a friend and is missed. In 1992 my son Cal was born. I was on the road 8 months out of the year then, which, in my eyes, was unacceptable. I needed to be there for him, and later, his sister.
My dream for them is to grow into amazing adults, who are un afraid to reach out, with both hands, to grab onto that which is new and exciting and make it their own.