Shelby Glaser’s interview of our father’s life.

Elder Interview

The Life of Greg Glaser

Interview by Shelby Glaser

 

Link to final project: https://voicethread.com/share/10777026/

 

  1. What are some the stereotypes related to elders? What are some of the stereotypes about my generation?

Some stereotypes for elders would be slow thinking or diminished mental capabilities. for millennials, that they’re lazy and don’t care – only care about themselves. Not worried about the world or politics.

  1. What are some of the important choices or decision you made that you have learned from?

Making plans only worked about half the time but things work out the way they are supposed to. When I chose to get married it was supposed to last but it didn’t but I still got my kids.

  1. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Worry a lot less about what other people think of you because it doesn’t really matter. What you think of yourself should be most important.

  1. What advice would you give a young adult today?

Never give up no matter what.

  1. What is one of your major accomplishments that you are proud of?

My kids.

  1. What is the most memorable moment in your life?

When my kids were born

  1. What was it about that moment made it memorable?

Being there for a new life coming into this world. It’s hard to explain the feeling, just being a dad and being responsible for them.

  1. Where is the coolest/most memorable place you have visited?

Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

  1. What made you go to that place?

I went on a vaction and loved it. I like anwhere with mountains.

  1. How much did it cost you to pump a tank of gas when you were in your twenties?

Probably $1.10

  1. What is the biggest positive change you have seen in the world over the years?

Technology and access to information.

  1. In your opinion, what was the best thing invented during your life?

Microprocessor.

  1. What are the hopes for your family and/or the world as a whole?

That we can all realize that we’re all in this together. We may be taking different paths but we all need the same basic things.

  1. What is one thing you wish to pass down onto the next generation of your family?

Being a decent, caring person to yourself and others.

  1. Looking back over the years and looking at today many things have changed. What is one thing that you noticed has drastically changed more than normal?

Politics and partisanship. Things seem pretty bad and there’s less tolerance.

  1. What world events have had the most impact on you?

September 11th made me realize that we aren’t quite as safe as we felt before; things seemed a little darker after that.

  1. What is one thing you wish the youth of today did more or less of?

I wish they worried less about the future and learned to live for today.

  1. What was one of your favorite things to do with your friends when you were younger?

Play basketball, football, and ride motorcycles.

  1. Is there anything specific with the way you grew up that you are thankful for?

I am thankful that my parents always loved me no matter what. They always stuck by me even at times when it would have been easier to give up.

  1. Was your career the career you expected to be doing?

No, not at all. It was something I just stumled upon.

  1. How have your likes and dislikes evolved with your age?

Everything has kind of evened out. I don’t things too serious or not serious enough.

  1. Looking back, how has your life changed for the better?

I’ve been able to find more inner peace. I was looking everywhere else for it but it was actually inside of me.

  1. What is your favorite activity to partake in with the younger generations of today?

Hiking, watching tv shows and movies. I like to do most of the things my kids like to do. We even like most of the same music.

  1. Have you seen any major changes in religious views amongst generations?

Yeah, big time. People have a lot more doubts about religion than they used to. They feel it’s steered away from what it’s supposed to be.

  1. In your opinion, what is the biggest mistake our society has made over the years?

I would say the biggest mistake was not taking good enough care of people who can’t care for themselves.

  1. What was is the best thing our society has done over the years?

There have been a lot of amazing medical breakthroughs that have increased peoples life span. Like finding a medicine for AIDs, 20 years ago it was a death sentence but today we have made it so it isn’t.

  1. What is your thought on feminist [feminism]?

I’m glad that it is becoming more recognized and taken seriously. I think feminism and women’s issues should have been taken seriously.

  1. What are you looking forward to in the years to come?

A lot of little things. Like I’m looking forward to the weather getting nice and goinf on vacations. I’m also looking forward to my kids growing up and possibly having grandkids.

  1. How have you adapted to all the technological advances throughout your life time?

I was fortunate to be able to make a business of technology. So I;ve been able to keep up with all the changes.

  1. Was there a chore you really hated doing as a child? What was your favorite chore?

I always hated mowing the lawn and taking out the garbage. Honestly I didn’t like doing any chores.

  1. Who was the most influential person in your life?

My dad and my kids. My dad was a great person and was an amazing role model. He wasn’t perfect but he was pretty close. That would apply to my kids too; they show me that there are people in this world that can love you even at your lowest. They also opened my mind to looking at things from different angles and seeing the other side.

  1. What is your favorite childhood memory?

Doing things on the farm. Picking corn and planting corn. It was really enjoyable then, but after a few years it got a little less fun.

  1. What was your favorite thing to do for entertainment as a child or teenager?

Motrorcycles and sports mostly. We were very adventurous and always outside. We went canoeing a lot and hunting. I couldn’t hunt now; I would feel bad about killing something.

  1. Do you remember any fads from your youth?

Bell bottoms and permed hair.

  1. How satisfied/unsatisfied are you with how you have lived your life up to this very moment in time?

Could have been better and could have been a lot worse. I think I’ve done my best so I’m happy with where I am.

 

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