Name: Capt. Brian Penoyer
Occupation: Captain of the Port and Commander, Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston
Hometown: Hanover, Ill.
Current home: Clear Lake
Family: I’m very fortunate to have a close family – my brother in Ohio and his family, my sister in Chicago and her family, my wife and two daughters, and my wife’s brothers and sister who might as well be my siblings. It’s quite a crowd!
My favorite writer is: So many favorites! Well – at the moment I’m fascinated by Nina George, whose language is so very rich. Another perennial favorite is the British historian Anthony Beevor. For pure fun, it’s hard to beat anything by Alan Furst.
Someone I’d like to meet: Famous cellist Yo Yo Ma.
My favorite performers are: I love the performing arts, as with authors so many favorites to choose from! Still – I got a particular love of the orchestra from my mother – so that’s probably my favorite overall. I’m pretty eclectic, though – and my tastes run strongly to blues, jazz, and hard rock!
I like to spend my leisure time: Outside. Any hike, but preferably one with a good rock to climb – we have a shortage of those here in Houston!
If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Iran, though Morocco, Japan and New Zealand are pretty high on my list too!
My favorite meal is: Japanese – any really good dish. Love it!
As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: An astronaut. Yep – total NASA groupie.
You’ll never catch me: Naming the one thing you’d never catch me doing
The thing that bugs me the most is: Poor leadership. People deserve better.
My favorite movie is: Blade Runner
Few people know: Heck, I’m an open book! What you see is what you get.