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PERSONALITIES AND PENCHANTS

1. BOYHOOD FRIENDS I KNEW AND REMEMBER MOST!

In the order I knew them I pick these ten!

  • John Rohrer, Brother (Deceased)
  • Dick Eggert, Towaco Grade School
  • John Borinski, Towaco Grade School
  • Blain Trexler, Towaco neighbor (Deceased)
  • Frank Weaver, Towaco gun dealer (Deceased)
  • Bill Ryan, Mountain Lakes High School
  • Maurie Mader, Mountain Lakes High School
  • Tony Bacon, Mountain Lakes (Deceased)
  • Pete Daily, Mountain Lakes and USMC (Deceased)
  • Pete Kettle, Mountain Lakes High School and USMC

2. LATER FRIENDS I KNEW AND REMEMBER MOST!

In the order I knew them I pick these ten!

  • Steve Niebur, USMC
  • Mick Putterbaugh, USMC
  • Herman Solomon, USMC
  • Jack Malone, Aircraft Radio and Harley-Davidson
  • Paul Hansen, Professional photographer in California
  • Dick Terry, Harley-Davidson (Deceased)
  • John Ellison, Harley-Davidson
  • Phil Boydston, Harley-Davidson
  • Tom Platz, Harley-Davidson
  • Brian Follas, Eaton and Excomedia

3. MEN WHO MOST IMPACTED MY LIFE!

In the order I knew them I pick these ten!

  • George Rohrer, Father (Deceased)
  • John Brown, Uncle (Deceased)
  • Art Granzen, Best family friend (Deceased)
  • John Easton, Fraternity Counselor (Deceased)
  • Vincent Dipano, Senior Drill Instructor USMC (Deceased)
  • Alfred Loreth, Rocket Section Leader USMC (Deceased)
  • Ed Karnes, VP Sales, Aircraft Radio Corporation (Deceased)
  • John Mollema, Sales Manager, RCA Avionics (Deceased)
  • Elgin Davis, Advertising Executive (Deceased)
  • William G. Mennen, The Mennen Company (Deceased)

4. MEN WHO ALSO IMPACTED MY LIFE!

In the order I knew them I pick these ten!

  • Tony Gallie, Senior Vice President, N. W. Ayer (Deceased)
  • Van Jacobsen, President, Ayer West Coast
  • Ray Tritten, President, AMF (Deceased)
  • Charlie Thompson, President, AMF Harley-Davidson (Deceased)
  • Gus Davis, President, AMF Harley-Davidson
  • Tom Cardile, Senior Vice President, Ryder System (Deceased)
  • Bill Sheriff, President, Truck Stops of America and ARC
  • Fred Reichelt, President, Verex Assurance
  • Jim McCormack, Retired Investment Banker (Deceased)
  • Gopal Sing, General Manger, Eaton TISD

5. WOMEN WHO MOST IMPACTED MY LIFE!

In the order I knew them I pick these ten!

  • Marion Rohrer, Mother (Deceased)
  • Ella Edwards, Grandmother (Deceased)
  • Norma Ayers, Aunt (Deceased)
  • Alice Granzen, Best family friend (Deceased)
  • Sandy Robinson, First love
  • Hiroko Yoshimoto, First woman
  • Carolyn Smith Rohrer, First wife
  • Jessica Salamancas, Aviation publishing executive
  • Jonnie Rohrer, Wife and my most special person!
  • Laura A. Fisher, Financial services sales executive

6. PEOPLE WHO MOST IMPRESSED ME!

In order of importance to me I pick these ten!

  • Immanuel Velikovsky
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Otto Rank
  • Carl Jung
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Theodor Reik
  • Ernest Becker
  • Carlos Castaneda
  • Lou Andreas Salomé

7. MAJOR BOOKS I RESPECT THE MOST!

Of the thousands in my library I pick these ten!

  • Worlds in Collision, Velikovsky
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche
  • The World as Will and Representation, Schopenhauer
  • Totem and Taboo, Freud
  • Beyond the Pleasure Principal, Freud
  • The Future of an Illusion, Freud
  • Civilization and It’s Discontents, Freud
  • Symbols of Transformation, Jung
  • Denial of Death, Becker
  • In the Shadow of Moloch, Bergman

8. MUSIC I HAVE LOVED THE MOST!

Of the Hundreds in my library I pick these ten plus one!

  • Greatest rock bands - The Beatles and The Rolling Stones
  • Greatest rock performance - The Wall, Pink Floyd
  • Greatest contemporary rock band - U2
  • The group that changed me the most - The Who
  • Favorite album - "Dark side of the Moon", Pink Floyd
  • Most amazing classical - Wagner, The Ring
  • Favorite classical composer - Rachmaninoff
  • Most Dramatic - Les Preludes, Liszt
  • Most Touching - Symphony No. 2, Mahler
  • Most Beautiful - Die Moldau, Smetanta
  • Most amazing popular - Tangerine Dream 25th Phaedra Anniversary Concert, Live in London at the Shepherd's Bush Empire 11th June 2005 -- SPELLBINDING!

9. CONCERTS I HAVE ENJOYED THE MOST!

Of the more than one hundred I have attended I pick these ten!

  • Van Cliburn, World Tour, San Diego, 1960
  • Elton John, Yellow Brick Road, LA Dodger Stadium, 1973
  • ELO, Los Angeles Forum, 1974
  • Pink Floyd, Animals, Anaheim Stadium, CA 1977
  • Bee Gee's, Los Angeles, Madison and Chicago, 1977
  • Eagles, Hotel California, Milwaukee, 1978
  • Fleetwood Mack, Alpine Valley, WI 1978
  • Supertramp, Crime of the Century, Milwaukee, 1979
  • Mahler Second Symphony, Carnegie Hall, NY, 1990
  • Pink Floyd, Delicate Sound of Thunder, Oakland,
    Madison, and Dallas1990 and 1991

10. MOVIES I ENJOYED THE MOST!

In a lifetime of viewing I pick these ten!

  • Ben Hur
  • It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • The Wall, Pink Floyd
  • Rattle and Hum, U2
  • Brave Heart
  • Legends of the Fall
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Heat
  • Fargo
  • Mulholland Drive

11. THINGS I LOVED THE MOST!

In a lifetime of experiences I pick these ten!

  • Above all my wife Jonnie
  • My sons Steven and Jaron
  • Our home
  • Playing golf with my son Jaron
  • California in the 1960’s and 1970’s
  • Racing motorcycles
  • Flying airplanes
  • Rock and Roll Music
  • Reading
  • Our Dogs

12. THINGS I HATED THE MOST!

In a lifetime of experiences I pick these ten!

  • My father dying when I was just 13
  • My own weaknesses
  • Being skinny
  • Bullies and assholes
  • Dropping out of High School
  • Stupidity
  • Noise
  • Barking Dogs
  • Bright lights
  • Unemployment

13. LOCATIONS I LOVED THE MOST!

Of all the places I have been I pick these ten!

  • Sils Maria – Chasté, Switzerland
  • Grand Canyon, AZ
  • Crater Lake, OR
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Beijing, China
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Coast Highway, Nepenthe, CA
  • Maui, Hawaii
  • Yellowstone Park, WY
  • Glacier Park, MT

14. ACCOMPLISHMENTS I AM MOST PROUD!

Of all the things I have accomplished I pick these ten!

  • USMC expert with the .45 ACP and M-1 rifle
  • Passing the exam for my commercial pilots license
  • Graduating from University of Southern California
  • Being sent to Harvard by both RCA, 1971 and AMF, 1981
  • Successfully racing amateur expert motocross
  • Achieving Vice President in a Fortune 100 company at 39
  • Traveling extensively in all 50 States, Europe and Asia
  • The “Scotoma” outline for my forthcoming books
  • Raising two college educated sons
  • Being married to Jonnie for 40 years!

15. SOME FUTURE OBJECTIVES…

Of all the things I still want to do I pick these ten!

  • Finish my first book: Scotoma…
  • Consistently break 100 in the game of golf
  • Take Jonnie on an anniversary trip
  • Stay as healthy as possible
  • Retire in Bermuda Run, NC / Accomplished
  • Visit our son Steven in Hawaii / Accomplished
  • Beat my son Jaron at golf / Accomplished
  • Read a story to a Grandchild / Accomplished
  • Celebrate a 50th Wedding Anniversary with Jonnie
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