Moffat County Neighbor: Bill Harding

Bill Harding

Age: 61

Occupation: It's my job to ensure that qualified veterans have a priority of service in the hiring process.

What should your business card say you do? Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, employment specialist/veterans rep

Place of birth: Canton, Ohio

When did you move to Moffat County and what brought you here? In '76, I took a position with Trapper Mining Inc.'s reclamation staff.

Describe your morning routine. Get up, get a cup of coffee and go to work.

How would your friends describe you? Probably loyal, committed to veterans issues in the area.

Have you ever had a book change your life? What was it and why? Tom Clancy's "The Hunt for Red October." I don't know if it changed my life, but I served in the Navy in the '70s in a small fleet that was top secret at the time going after Russian subs and navy, so I played in some of those games.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? At 13, I wanted to go into forestry and wildlife, to be a ranger.

If you could invite any four people over for dinner, who would they be and what would you serve? My mom, who's still living, Tom Clancy, George W. and Admiral Zumwalt (former chief of naval operations). I would serve barbecued elk steaks.

What are the three things you can't live without? Chocolate, chocolate and chocolate.

What was your most embarrassing moment? When I was a kid in Erie, Penn., we'd climb up the water tower. We didn't spray paint it, but we hung up painted sheets on it. Coming back from work, I thought people would know it was ours, so I went up to take it down early in the morning. I slid down with the sheet, and there were two cops waiting for me right at the bottom.

Which super hero would you be? 007

What's the worst reason you've received/given for breaking up with someone? Double-dating. I got caught, many moons ago.

If you had to give up one of your five senses, which would it be? It would be difficult to loose any. Probably taste.

What band/performer would you stand in line to get tickets for? Well, that's where you go back. Because I was in the military where you had to stand in line for everything -- service, shots, and all that -- when I got out I refused to stand in line for anything. It drove my wife nuts. I have a low tolerance for standing in lines.

What if the tickets were free? OK, The Beach Boys then.

What music, book or movie are you ashamed to admit you love? Perry Como.

What would you do if you won $10 million? I would bring a veterans clinic to Northwest Colorado.

What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend? I'm putting out flags at the cemetery, attending the parade with the color guard, then I'm going to the ceremonies on Monday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Maybell to honor fallen military personnel.

Favorites

Food: Elk steak

Song: Toby Keith's "I Wanna Talk About Me"

Movie: "The Pink Panther" (Peter Sellers' original)

Sport to watch: Volleyball

Vacation spot: Caribbean scuba dives

TV show: "The Lone Ranger"

Spot in Moffat County: The reclaimed slopes of Trapper Mine

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