Photo: Scott’s brass quintet playing Christmas music at the Vanderbilt Mansion’s Open House in Hyde Park. Scott is sitting all the way on the right.
Tell us a little about yourself and your family. Where is your hometown?
I was born in Oklahoma but I’ve lived in Hopewell Junction, NY for the past 25 years or so. I’ve been married to my wife, Laura, for 31 years. She is a pharmacist here in town. We met in high school in 1978, and have been together ever since. We have 3 children. Matt is 27 and teaches high school social studies in Long Island and coaches football. Steve is 25 and is a computer engineer for Microsoft in Seattle. Rachel is 21 and is now a senior at Ithaca college studying to be a music teacher.
Tell us three things that most people do not know about you.
1.) I have played the trumpet for 45 years. I still play regular gigs at Easter and Christmas as well as occasional wedding ceremonies. I play taps at local Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies. I also play some piano and guitar. 2.) I enjoy photography, from close up shots to unusual angles. Wherever we go, my family has gotten used to me slowing down and clicking away and then catching up to them as they roll their eyes and continue on. 3.) I have done a lot of electronic troubleshooting and repair in the past, and used to work installing cellular phones (way back when they HAD to be installed in a car) as well as vehicle security systems and remote starters.
What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? What do you like to do on your days off?
Other than playing music and taking photos, I enjoy occasionally going to art museums. I also enjoy creating unusual sculptures and artwork out of just about anything I can find from Home Depot. 1 or 2 items might be junk, but a box of 100 is just an art project waiting to happen! I am a huge football fan and can watch just about any college or professional game, but my favorite team has always been the Dallas Cowboys.
What is your role at Legal Shred?
I am a driver and shred specialist for Legal Shred. Occasionally, I also help do some maintenance on the shred trucks.
Before working at Legal Shred, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I was a teacher with individuals with special needs for many years. I worked with non-verbal autistic young men teaching basic life skills and helped to prepare them for supervised work in the community.
What do you like the most about Legal Shred?
I enjoy interacting with the variety of customers that we have — you never really know what your day will entail. I also like the low-stress environment.