Guest to Guest: Alan N. Hall, retired educator, Hopkinton, N.H.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, Alan Hall was a teacher and administrator at schools in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and at St. Paul’s Academy in Concord, N.H. Some of his more famous students included presidential candidate John Kerry, FBI director Robert Mueller, professional poker player Annie Duke, and Frank Griswold, the retired presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. One day, Alan and his late wife, Merry, took Jackie Onassis and her son, young John Kennedy, to lunch in the school dining room.
Q. What is your best helpful hint for newly arriving Ocean’s Reach guests?
A. Keep the map showing the buildings, the garages spaces and the unit numbers, so you can avoid parking errors.
Q. What would you spend your first $10 vacation mad money on in Sanibel?
A. Buying alligator and manatee postcards and stamps to send to friends and relatives back home.
Q. What are your top three activities on Sanibel?
A. Beach walking, talking with family members I don’t often see at home, and eating at restaurants.
Q. What’s best about the new Ocean’s Reach?
A. The plantings all over the place: Great shrubs, flowers and trees.
Q. What would we be most surprised to know about you?
A. If I told you, I’d have to kill you (or myself!).
Q. With your resources and means, why do you select Ocean’s Reach as your annual vacation destination?
Q. I get to see other family members I do not readily see at home; they live at a distance, but that shrinks when we are here with time to catch up on family matters.