I currently am living my dream.
Ever since I began collecting coins at age 10 – I always wanted to be a dealer. Finally 6 years ago I got my chance and was able to combine all my prior training as a bartender, stock broker, salesman for University of Phoenix and financial representative in real estate projects. It took a while to get my dream job but I am enjoying every day working.
Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
I am third generation Tucsonian. My Grandparents arrived after the War and built a house on 5th and Dodge. Later it was sold and became the lighthouse YMCA. My mother arrived with me from New York and built a house nearby. I now reside in the house my mother built.
Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
I am a numismatist and that is what I enjoy – exploring the past history through coins which were produced and sharing them with anyone who is interested also.
Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
Well as a young boy – I enjoyed Bob’s on Swan and Speedway also Austin’s and the original “Big A”. Now Robert’s on Grant and Jonathan’s Cork for the best!
Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
I have lived in Tucson for most of my life. Worked from 16 years old to now
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
Well most interesting is the gentleman who started me in numismatics – Mr Hal Birt Jr.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
I have traveled to Europe and Central America. Now would enjoy seeing Africa.
Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
Movies I always enjoy the original Pink Panther movie Also the Bond series.
Q: What advice would you give to people?
Imagine your dream then think on how to obtain it.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Travel in Space
Q: What is your go to band when you can’t decide what to listen to?
Old fashioned Beach Boys / Beatles
Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
El Con Mall
Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Gabriel “Fluffy” Inglesias – go to Eegee’s
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
Tucson has a unique pace – opportunities need to be found. If you have to live with everything offered to you then Tucson is not for you. If you live to find and explore and discover then Tucson is your type of town.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Still enjoying my shop – writing another book on Arizona Tokens
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I enjoy driving and exploring old towns in Arizona
Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Eagle river Alaska / rafting
Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
October birthday month the whole month is a holiday.
Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
Perfect steak perfect wine perfect sunset
Q: Who inspires you to be better?
Right now my friends
Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Early morning air after a rainstorm
Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Unique / peaceful / opportunity
For All That You Do,
Thank you Peter Spooner from The Faces of Tucson.
We Appreciate You