Your favorite virtue.
These days, I’d like to see more honesty in the world. Patience wouldn’t be bad either.
Your favorite qualities in a person.
That’s hard to say. I am accepting of folks pretty much how they are. I don’t expect them to bend to my likings.
Your chief characteristic.
I’d like to think I’m hard-working and diligent. Others probably see me as a pain in the arse. What you appreciate most in your friends. Their patience. I work too much and socialize too little. Thus, I’m glad they put up with me!
Your main fault.
I work too much.
Your favorite occupation.
Someday, I hope to quarterback the Miami Dolphins. But, based on my age, it looks like the window of opportunity is closing quickly.
Your idea of happiness.
Short term, seeing the Dolphins win the Super Bowl would cause me to be giddy for days. Long term, I’d just love to be able to sit in peace and quiet and enjoy my surroundings, petting my cats and surrounded by the family I love.
Your favorite authors.
These days, I read books of various topics. I just finished a bio on Evel Knievel and now am on a work of political fiction by Sen. Bob Graham. Of late, I haven’t stuck with any one author (sorry, “Twilight” fans). But as a kid, I read a ton of Mark Twain and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Your heroes in real life.
I used to teach American History, so obviously, I have an affinity for all our great leaders, from Washington to Lincoln to MLK. But my most unique hero is Vanessa Williams.
She had to withstand so much in being forced to give up her Miss America title in 1984. It’s somewhat forgotten today, but at the time, that was a huge scandal. Nude photos. Sponsors threatening to pull out of the pageant. National embarrassment. A lesser person would have folded camp. Instead, she became the force she is today. That took strength of character and will-power.
What characters in history do you most dislike?
Again, it’s easy to go with history’s big villains: Hitler, Pol Pot, Castro. But I’m very disappointed in some current U.S. politicians who preach an agenda of hate and intolerance, while holding up the Constitution and Bible as justification. This is 2012. Stop being angry. As Al Green once sang, “Put a little love in your heart.”
What do you hate the most?
I hate that federal law still prohibits me, and all other gay men, from donating blood. It’s an outdated, discriminatory law and I look forward to President Obama overturning it in his second term.
The reform you admire the most.
Obviously, the progress of the LGBT movement. The openness and freedoms I enjoy now were unheard of 25 years ago when I was in high school. In fact, some of them were impossible 4 years ago. We still have some way to go, but I feel so lucky to be alive and see us come this far.
How do you wish to die?
After the age of 100. I’ve told many friends it’s seriously a goal of mine to live to be at least 100.
For what fault are you the most intolerant?
The natural talent you’d like to be gifted with.
I’ve always wished I could sing. But I can’t. Ask anyone
Your personal motto.
In my high school yearbook, I listed as my motto: “You’re only young once, but you can be immature indefinitely.” Today, I don’t act as goofy as I might wish, but I still make sure I don’t take myself too seriously.
Scott Galvin has served on the North Miami City Council since 1999.
He is also a member of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Board of Directors, and
a lifelong resident of North Miami.