July 28, 2004
At this point in my life, Iím on several corporate boards including Morgan Stanley Funds in New York City, a large mutual funds complex. Iím on the United Space Alliance Board in Houston, Texas. It hardly seems fair to pay me to be on that board because it operates the space shuttle. For the privilege of being involved, I would pay them. I also serve on a number of local boards here in Utah including Franklin Covey and NuSkin Enterprises in Provo. I also have a consulting business. So, other than that, Iím not busy at all. I continue to do a lot of volunteer work; schools with my space highlight film, Church firesides, morningsides at seminaries during the school year, a couple of schools a week with young people plus charitable organizations and civic groups. I wouldnít want to ruin a really good marriage by being home too much so I stay very busy despite my age.
Tell us about your background.
I have a very interesting background. All eight of my great grandparents came to Utah by 1860. They were Mormon pioneers from England, Scotland, Wales, Norway, Denmark and Germany. So, Iím more NATO than the NATO Alliance . . . all mixed up. My mother was born in Fairview (a small town in Sanpete County) where her grandparents were some of the original settlers. My father, born in Salt Lake, was a civil engineer who built highways all over the state of Utah. I was born in Richfield ( Sevier County) because my father was the district engineer, responsible for all the highways. We lived there until I was five years old. At that point my father was appointed, in 1937, as Utahís first Director of Aeronautics. He had been a World War I pilot Ė got his wings in 1917 - didnít fly in combat but flew military during World War I. So, the combination of being civil engineer, construction engineer and a pilot helped him become Utahís first Director of Aeronautics. We moved to Salt Lake City where he had the responsibility