Dr. Ira Lamar Couey, a retired gynecologist who serves on the Richmond Hill Historical Society board, faces this week's Prouse questionnaire:
1. What do you feel is your greatest achievement?
Growing up in a poor household, I was determined to achieve a medical degree and become a prominent member of society; with the help of God and support of my family, it became a reality.
2. What, to you, is perfect happiness?
Achieving the goals you set out early in life, finding the right wife, and the ability to live life with minimal frustration.
3. What one material possession would you save from your home in the event
of a fire (assuming your family was safe)?
My two oil paintings of Nathan Bedford Forrest.
4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Determine the cards you have been dealt in life and play them to the best of your ability to achieve your goals and aspirations.
5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
For God to help me be more compassionate and less prejudiced against sorry people.
6. What is your greatest fear?
My retirement account disappearing in this unstable economy and government.
7. What real or fictional person do you most identify with?
Nathan Bedford Forrest is my favorite hero because: he entered the war at 40 as a private, and left as a general; was very intelligent but uneducated; was the greatest fighting general on either side; never lost a battle he commanded; killed 30 Yankees in the war in hand-to-hand combat; had 29 horses shot from under him; was the biggest thorn in Sherman’s side and Sherman wanted no part of him; and he had no military training.
8. What is your greatest extravagance?
Appreciating and buying American furniture from the 18th and early 19th century.
9. If money weren’t an object, how would you spend your time?
Trying to find people who were qualified who needed financial assistance in the education process and achieving the positive goals in their life.
10. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Being politically incorrect and calling things the way I see them. (I could never be a politician.)
11. What trait do you most admire in another person?
Honesty, accountability and compassion.
12. What trait do you most deplore in another person?
Arrogance, treachery and dishonesty.
13. Who are your favorite musicians?
Elvis! He could sing any type of music—rock, country-western, gospel, and even the crooners (Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, etc.).
14. What talent would you most like to have?
To play the piano like Jerry Lee Lewis and sing and shake like Elvis.