Meet your neighbor, Fed Hillerman
How long I’ve lived in Nevada County: Since August 1976.
Why I like living here: I’ve always loved the mountains, liked to backpack and hike – get back to nature. I also like the small-town feel.
What I do in my spare time: I just retired as president of the Senior Center board of directors, take Meals on Wheels twice a week, volunteer at the Food Ministry, and do research on my own family and genealogy.
My family: My wife, Mary, eight children and eight grandchildren.
Best friend: My wife, my kids and Peter Linnier
Favorite food: Blueberries and fruit – it improves the mind.
Job: Retired as a biology, general science and advanced biology teacher in 1976.
What I like about my job: The activities keep me busy, keep me in touch with people, and they give me an opportunity to help others.
The best job I ever had: My career after I left teaching. I turned my hobby into a business, specializing in Angraecoid Orchids. With two greenhouses in my back yard, I raised seedlings for sale and wrote “An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar,” along with two manuals on the topic. I traveled all over the country, lecturing, and went around the world for orchids.
If I won a million: I would give a limited amount to each of my kids – enough to not spoil them – and give the rest to charity.
My favorite vacation: Our favorite vacations have been when we get the entire family together and go camping in British Columbia.
My dream vacation: I’d love to go with the German American Club to Germany and take three or four nice long packs (backpacking) through the Austrian and Swiss Alps, where you would really have contact with the native people.
My greatest accomplishment: I don’t know how we did it, but my wife and I raised eight law-abiding, good citizens who are a lot of fun to be around.
What I’d change about the world: If I were God, somehow I would give the corporations a conscience, because they need it.
The most important lessons I’ve learned: You get the most benefit out of helping people who need help. That’s where you get satisfaction.
My hero: Later in life, one has become Jack LaLane. He’s 89 years old, and he can do 100 pushups. He lives right, he lives clean and sets a wonderful example for millions of people – If you want to live a healthy life, you need to exercise.
Favorite TV Show: What we call the holy hour – “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune.”
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