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PERSONALITIES AND PENCHANTS

With Current Contact: I am in touch now; Past Contact: Have talked or met since I first knew; Unknown: Either no contact or lost contact; Deceased: Self-explanatory!

1. BOYHOOD FRIENDS I KNEW AND REMEMBER MOST!

In the order I knew them I pick these ten!

  • John Rohrer, Brother and Friend (Deceased)
  • Tom Marinovich, Parsippany Kindergarten (Past Contact)
  • Dick Eggert, Towaco Grade School (Past Contact)
  • John Borinski, Towaco Grade School (Unknown)
  • Blain Trexler, Towaco neighbor (Deceased)
  • Frank Weaver, Towaco gun dealer (Deceased)
  • Maurie Mader, Mountain Lakes High School (Past Contact)
  • Tony Bacon, Mountain Lakes (Deceased)
  • Pete Daily, Mountain Lakes and USMC (Deceased)
  • Pete Kettle, Mountain Lakes High School and USMC (Past Contact)

2. LATER FRIENDS I KNEW AND REMEMBER MOST!

In the order I knew them I pick these ten!

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

3. MEN WHO MOST IMPACTED MY LIFE!

In the order I knew them I pick these ten!

  • George H. Rohrer, Father (Deceased)
  • John N. Brown, Uncle (Deceased)
  • Arthur N. Granzen, Best family friend (Deceased)
  • John G. Easton, Fraternity Counselor (Deceased)
  • Vincent J. 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 Lee 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 (Current Contact)
  • Ray Tritten, President/CEO, AMF (Deceased)
  • Gus Davis, President, AMF Harley-Davidson (Past Contact)
  • Tom Cardile, Senior Vice President, Ryder System (Deceased)
  • Fred Reichelt, President, Verex Assurance (Past Contact)
  • Jim McCormack, Retired Investment Banker (Deceased)
  • Gopal Sing, General Manger, Eaton TISD (Unknown)
  • Major Frank Stolz USMC (Ret) (Current Contact)
  • Colonel Wayne Morris USMC (Ret) (Current Contact)

5. WOMEN WHO MOST IMPACTED MY LIFE!

In the order I knew them I pick these ten!

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

6. PEOPLE WHO MOST IMPRESSED ME!

In order of importance to me I pick these ten!

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

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 its 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 - Beatles, Rolling Stones and Supertramp
  • Greatest rock performance -The Wall, Pink Floyd
  • Greatest contemporary rock band - U2
  • The group that changed me the most -The Who
  • Favorite albums - "Wish You Were Here", Pink Floyd; Now "Earth Mover", Cosmic Gate
  • Most amazing - Wagner, The Ring, saw complete at the NY Met, 1990; Et al
  • Favorite classical composer - Rachmaninoff
  • Most Dramatic - Les Preludes, Liszt
  • Most Touching -The Resurrection Symphony No. 2, Mahler
  • Most Beautiful - Die Moldau, Smetanta
  • Most listened to music now - Trance, House, EDM, Techno, and Chill Out!

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, Breakfast in America Tour, Alpine Valley and Milwaukee, 1979
  • Mahler Second Symphony, Carnegie Hall, NYC, 1990
  • Pink Floyd, Delicate Sound of Thunder, Oakland, CA, Madison, WI and Dallas, TX 1990,'91

10. MOVIES I ENJOYED THE MOST!

In a lifetime of viewing I pick these ten!

  • Ben Hur
  • It's a Mad, 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
  • My homes in NJ, CA, WI, TN, TX and now NC
  • Playing golf with my sons Steven and Jaron
  • California in the 1960's and 1970's
  • Flying airplanes
  • Racing motorcycles
  • Rock and Roll Music
  • Reading
  • All our Dogs: Past Buffy, Kippie, KC, Nicki, Dixie; and current Daisy & Maggie

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
  • Distracting Noise
  • Barking Dogs
  • Bright lights
  • Unemployment

13. LOCATIONS I LOVED THE MOST!

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

  • Yokohama, Tokyo and Okinawa, Japan*
  • Sils Maria - Chaste, Switzerland
  • Grand Canyon, AZ
  • Crater Lake, OR
  • Beijing, China
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Coast Highway, Nepenthe, CA
  • Maui, Hawaii
  • Yellowstone Park, WY
  • Glacier Park, MT
  • *My young heart will always remember Hiroko Yoshimoto at 2-21-Takasago-cho, Minamiku,
  • Yokohama-City, Japan; and my many months at Camp Bishagawa, Okinawa. Both were of
    profound special significance for me!

14. ACCOMPLISHMENTS I AM MOST PROUD!

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

  • Six years of USMCR and USMC Service & Qualifying Expert with both the .45 ACP and M-1
  • Passing the exam for my commercial pilots license
  • Graduating from University of Southern California, BS 1975
  • Selected for advanced study at Harvard Business School by both RCA, 1971 and AMF, 1981
  • Competing well in amateur expert motocross and desert racing, 1972 - 1977
  • Achieving Vice President in a Fortune 100 company at 39, 1978
  • Traveling extensively in all 50 States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia, beginning in 1958
  • "Scotoma" my forthcoming book (Interrupted by my WWII project)
  • Raising two college educated sons -- Both successful, married, and each with a daughter
  • And most of all, married to Jonnie for now 44 years!

15. SOME FUTURE OBJECTIVES…

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

  • Finish my WWII book project
  • Finish my first book: Scotoma
  • Continue to play golf
  • Stay as healthy as possible
  • Remain in our Bermuda Run, NC home
  • Hopefully live to celebrate a 50th Wedding Anniversary with Jonnie
  • Sustain our financial viability
  • Remain Committed to America and our Constitution
  • Resist Communism and Sharia, and maintain my FREEDOM!
  • Fight to the death any Assault, Revolution or attempted Incarceration
  © 2002 Bob Rohrer - All rights reserved.