Hello readers, today I am sharing my interview with Paul Lucas.
In the previous post , I mentioned that my spouse and I had the chance to spend some time in the Norfolk,Virginia area, which included a trip to The Mariner’s Museum (here) in Newport News, Virginia. While there, we had the chance to meet (and then interview) Paul Lucas. I video recorded some of the interview and will possibly share some of that footage at a later date. Today I am just sharing highlights of our talk.
Here is the flow of today’s post:
- Part A: INTERVIEW
- Part B: FAVORITES
- Part C: “YOU HAD ONE JOB” Calendar
- Part D: EXTRAS
PART A: INTERVIEW
Priorhouse: Paul, thanks for giving us tips about what to see at the Mariner’s Museum. Also, thanks again for doing this interview with me today.
Paul: My pleasure. I like to give back. I was in the Navy for 31 years and have volunteered at different museums for almost 20 now.
Priorhouse: Well thank you for your service to our country. Freedom is not free and I always like to thank our Veterans. In addition to that, thanks for your service to the museum. The living history and artifacts that are being preserved and shared are crucial for humanity.
Paul: Well you ae welcome and it has been an honor to serve. I am here at The Mariner’s Museum two days a week (Mondays and Wednesdays).
Priorhouse: Paul, another reason I am so glad that you agreed to an interview is because of the connection I felt with you from the start. My father-n-law passed away a few months ago and you are the same age as him and you have the same first name. Also, my father (RIP 2004) was in the Navy for four years (Korean War) and so standing here talking with you is a bit surreal. I feel like both my dad and my father-n-law are smiling down on this with aproval (well my dad would send a smile and a wink).
Paul: I am glad to do it. Very glad.
- Paul Lucas has quite an adventure story with a varied career timeline from 31 years in the Navy. He eventually hopes to write a book about his experiences in Vietnam.
- He has been married to his wife, Sharon, for 49 years. They are taking a cruise to celebrate.
- Paul and I talked for a while about his service in different wars, the different positions he held, and how he eventually became an officer. He still keeps a connection with his past by wearing certain shirts and jackets.
- Paul shared little tips about leadership and his biggest leadership advice was to “trust people to get the job done. Do not micro manage.” Then he mentioned how much he enjoyed the movie “Master & Commander” and he said it needed to be shown to all cadets in training. See the trailer here or in the Favorites section below.
- Paul has some interesting Navy memorabilia, which includes a special flag, and he is still thinking about what to do with it. He will probably donate it to a museum.
- Paul has two adult daughters (+five grandchildren) and they will inherit his collectibles (they already have some items).
Priorhouse: Paul, can you tell me again about the book idea that you have.
Paul: I want to write about some of my experience in the Vietnam War, but I did not get approval. All of the information is sealed until 2025 and maybe after that I can work on it.
Priorhouse: As noted earlier, please let me know if you want to work on a different manuscript while waiting. I can help set it up. I started PH Publications to help with projects just like this. Perhaps an “A to Z” type of book would be a great thing to start with. For example, the letter L can have some of your little snippets on leadership.
Paul: Well that is something to think about for sure. Now you have me wondering what I would come up with for the other letters. I think it could work out.
Priorhouse: And maybe for the letter “S” you could share about your spirituality. I know earlier we talked about how you got away from religion and eventually found faith and you are now a Christian. Also, maybe the letter “G” could share about your love of German food, which is also gut-friendly cuisine.
Paul: Well, you definitely have me thinking about this idea.
PART B: FAVORITES
PART C: “YOU HAD ONE JOB” Calendar
Sometimes when I interview someone (or take their photo), I like to give them a little goody. I offered Paul the Appalachian Trail book, but he said they already had a similar one (and that they liked the trail). I then remembered that we had a fun gag gift that might interest him. It was this calendar about mistakes and it was called “You Had One Job” – click on the images to see the full size:
PART D: EXTRAS
Photo above: Tulips near the entrance to the Mariner’s Museum. I know there are a lot of museums around, but you might want to add this museum to your visit list. The Mariner’s Museum has over 35,000 maritime artifacts, including ship models, fine paintings, a lab restoring a turret, and small craft. They have 550 acres with a five-mile hiking trail, cafe/eatery, and gift shop. They also have nice employees and volunteers.
Photo below: Books and art print in gift shop.
- If you are in the Norfolk/Newport News area and want to connect with Paul Lucas, right now he volunteers on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons at The Mariner’s Museum. https://www.marinersmuseum.org
- Do you like tonic water? Do you like Rotkohl? Have you seen Master & Commander?
- If you have any feedback on this interview, please leave it in the comments below.
Previous April 2022 Posts:
- My week with Drucker (post one – here)
- My Day with William V. Pietsch (post two – here)
- TODAY: Paul Lucas Interview (post three )