Paul Lucas @Mariner’s Museum – PRIORHOUSE INTERVIEW (April 2022)

 

 

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. 

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About Paul

  • 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: 

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Paul and I finishing the interview. He liked the calendar and we had a few laughs. 

 

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.  

 

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53 thoughts on “Paul Lucas @Mariner’s Museum – PRIORHOUSE INTERVIEW (April 2022)

  1. HI Yvette, this is a lovely interview with Paul. I enjoyed his commentary very much and I hope he does write his book. I love war books and would definitely read it. I would also love visiting this museum, I love ships. My mom and I came to South African on a ship.

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    1. hi Robbie – thanks for the feedback and I feel as if Paul had a couple of books and I hope they unfold for him!
      And I knew you liked history but didn’t realize you arrived to SA by ship!
      😊☀️⚓️

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    1. Hi Amy, I am glad you noted the 32 hearts in the Navy because that truly is a huge success! If someone serves twenty that is huge- but 31? That is a life immersed and very grateful to Paul and all of our Veterans and active duty – whether they are in reserves, served handful or years or have much mire!
      🙏☀️☀️☀️

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  2. Hi Yvette – thanks so much for sharing your interview with Paul. The Mariners Museum in Virginia sounds like a great place to visit. I laughed when I saw the “You Had One Job” calendar – I had that last year – very amusing! And thanks, too for the mention – I also like when our real lives connect with our blogging lives. Happy Sunday!

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    1. Hi B,
      So you had that calendar last year? I never heard of it before and it sure was a fun idea to compile that theme into a little flip calendar (I will take as many small laughs as I can get!)
      Also, someone wrote a book about the Richmond, Virginia experience
      With the titanic – clever idea for a book and I almost bought it but then didn’t want another book right now and also –
      Richmond is my home right now but I don’t feel that deep root connection and kind of didn’t care about how they responded to the devastation of the Titanic sinking! But super clever idea for a book!

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    1. Hi JT
      I can relate because the iron seas can be quite frightening ! Weather – malfunctions and threat or pirates (maybe not for the navy – but for smaller vessels)

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    1. hi Dawn -he seemed in great shape – his knees bothered hom
      A little bit but that is because we were standing too long in same spot
      But his brain and body seemed like he has a lot more time left / he is only 75! (I know age is relative and 75 is old – but for some
      That have been blessed with longevity – well they might have a lot more time )

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  3. A wonderful interview, Yvette. I especially appreciated the structure of the interview and your conversational style. I am looking forward to the videos and I am looking forward to following your blog! I’m glad that we connected.

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    1. Hi clan mother – thanks for the follow (even though I have think I have seen following your for a while now – I remember your video of you writing a letter a while back – it was so good – and so was the recent WWII island church video – so well done)
      anyhow, thanks for joining me for the Paul Lucas interview. I feel so glad that we went to the museum on one of his shifts – and he wa so generous with his time.
      wishing you a great week ahead
      🙂

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  4. Paul seems like a really good man – I liked your interview with him. I hope he gets to write that book about Vietnam. It feels as if that is important to him. And meanwhile maybe the A-Z! I believe you got him thinking about that. Thanks also for the red cabbage recipe. I’m trying to grow them this year for the first time.

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    1. Hi Maria – i hope your cabbage grows well for you! My basil
      Is struggling right now and it is usually the easiest thing for me to grow? I think it does not like it’s soil?
      And regarding the red cabbage / It is so good for us ! like I know some folks who used to make cabbage juice to heal the gut) and I can eat red cabbage raw or cooked! Anyhow / I wonder if Paul’s good health at 75 was helped by his consumption of German foods with cabbage dishes, healthy meats, and his tonics water!

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      1. I struggle with basil so am pleased it usually grows well for you. Yes I think red cabbage must be healthy. We eat a lot of white cabbage and zuurkool (sauerkraut). One day we will try to make our own. It’s easy apparently ☺️

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        1. Hi -Paul Lucas shared about some other German foods too and he had A rich exposure to different cultures but said he really liked German food…. mmmm and regarding the sauerkraut – my husband made some a few years ago and it came out okay – was pretty easy – but now we buy it and he just makes cole slaw about six times a year.
          And one of my favorite easy meals is called “Chub” – it is chuck ground beef (or any ground meat) with sliced white/green cabbage sautéed in oil add salt and pepper and maybe a dash of full fat Greek yogurt (tastes like sour cream). Easy and so filling

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  5. What a great interview with Paul. I want to thank him for his long service and I hope he gets to write his books. I always love all your photos and videos you include! 🥰

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    1. Thanks for joining us Diana – meeting Paul was more than just encountering a Veteran with some great adventures – he was also just extra cool! And I hope he gets those boos out too!
      Hope you have a great week

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    1. Hi author Jacque! Thanks for joining us for this interview and it has been many years since I have seen Master and Commander so I plan on watching it again
      – and a movie tagline you might chuckle at “To our wives and sweethearts – may they never meet”

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  6. What an interesting person! So much wisdom and experience to share. Purple suitors is funny. That You Had One Job calendar is even funnier! 😆 And Master and Commander is a superb movie.

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    1. Thanks so much for checking out the post!
      I did take out the purple suitors because Paul didn’t want it to sound too harsh (you must have read it before I took it out)
      Oh and by the way! I thought of you the other day because the Joe Rogan podcast was on (hubs listens and I catch bits and pieces)
      Anyhow – they briefly talked about Martial Arts –
      I will be over to share more on your blog.
      In the meantime
      Thanks for joining me with the Paul Lucas interview and cheers to those that serve and have served
      🫡🇺🇸❤️

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      1. My JJ instructor told me Joe Rogan does JJ. I haven’t heard his podcast, though. I suppose I should check it out sometime.

        Yay me for learning about Purple Suitors before it was too late! 😉

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        1. Well I am

          It sure how you read about the purple suitors because I took it out days ago and just checked and it wasn’t there? Please let me know if you still see it (and it isn’t a big deal but Paul said it sounded harsh and it shows what a classy guy he is – he didn’t want to put down anyone even in the slightest way)

          And on the podcast – the guest had suggested that when ladies learn martial arts (like JJ) it can help them have more confidence and experience to fight with an attacker (sounded like a good point) but then Rogan noted that it would take years and years of training and then even with that – “basic anatomy” plays a role in determining how most woman would do if fighting with an attacker

          So while great for self defense and good for mind and body coordination and stability – the best advice is for people to put distance between themselves and the attacker (as opposed to someone with a certain level belt assume they can take down someone twice their size)
          Something like that

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        1. I learned a lesson about editing posts – it might not show up if the previous post is already in someone’s reader (and I will take out or edit some of these comments so it is not a distraction to the Paul Lucas post!
          Thanks again for your feedback

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  7. What a wonderful interview with Paul, Yvette. Thanks to Paul for sharing his stories and it really does sound like he has a lot of them for a book, or even more. Maybe one day the timing will be right for him to write about his experiences.

    Those tulips in front of the Mariner’s Museum look lovely, and also lovely it comes with a hiking trail. Sounds like a whole day could be spent there.

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  8. Yvette, your interviews always inspire me. I love how you get right into their lives – giving him ideas for an A-Z book, for example. I love your pictures together at the museum. All in all a 10+ interview. 🙂

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    1. Marsha, thanks so very much for the feedback. I am sure you noticed with your interviews
      how interesting it is that each interview comes out different- really fun

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