In this Friends Focus, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the last remaining founding member on our board. I’m very excited to introduce Richard Romejko! Beyond being a founding member, Richard is incredibly active on all fronts when it comes to Friends activities. He came up with the idea and organized the Haitian Art sale at the library last year to benefit Doctors Without Borders as well as our library. He has a great way of melding the different aspects of his life and having everyone benefit. Read on to learn more…

  • Tell us a bit about yourself.

Richard Romejko-a baby boomer who attended the Woodstock Musical Festival way back in the day.


  • What do you do (employment or for fun)?

Retried Technical Recruiter—spend my days “surviving”.

  • What first made you want to join the Friends’ Board?

To support the evolution of knowledge and learning.

  • What book do you most cherish?

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.


  • Who is your hero of fiction?

Currently it is a heroine of Stieg Larsson’s trilogy – The Girl Who_______. Her name is Lisbeth Salander.


  • Who are your favorite writers?

John Steinbeck, George Pelecanos, James Lee Burke. Jerzy Kosinski, Larry Collins and Dominque Lapierre

  • Name your top five:
    • Books: Grapes of Wrath, Freedom at Midnight, any book by James Lee Burke, any Book by George Pelecanos, Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski and Fore! By PG Wodehouse
    • TV Shows: West Wing, MASH, The Good Wife, Any Eagles football game, The Phillies in post-season and The Wire.

    • Songs/musical groups: Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, Rimsky-Korsakov, BB King,Ottmar Liebert.
  • What is your favorite:
    • Food My very own home grown tomatoes.
    • Place Taos, New Mexico
    • Sport Futbol-both kinds. American and then soccer.
    • Indoor Activity Reading-then some more reading.

  • What brought you to the Havertown area? What makes you want to stay?

The location, near everyplace I really enjoy – the Chesapeake Bay, NYC, Washington DC, the shore, the mountains. We really like our neighborhood.

  • Complete this sentence: Happiness is…being married to my wife.

  • Which is the best vacation you’ve ever had in your life?

In Taos, New Mexico—we did “white water river rafting on the Rio Grande” with lots of level 4 rapids and the best ever was racing mountain born and raised quarter horses with the Navajo Indians on narrow rocky trails at full speed.


  • If given a complete freedom to start afresh, what profession would you choose and why?

Being a Trauma Surgeon with Doctors Without Borders because there is a need to help those caught up in life’s disasters without enough folks to aide them when their lives are in jeopardy.

  • If given a choice to skip work for a day, how would you spend the entire day?

At the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.


  • If you were stranded on a lonely island, what are the five things that you would want?

My island would have a 5 star resort so all I would need is my wife and a credit card with no limit.

  • What is your greatest fear?

Pain

  • What is your greatest extravagance?

Reading too much.


  • Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“Congratulations”

  • Which talent would you most like to have?

Medical surgical skills.

  • What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Getting married to my wife.

  • Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Every guy who stands in the back of the room.

  • What is your motto?

“Vote”.

Hopefully the interview gave a little insight to the mind of Richard! Please feel free to join us at any of our upcoming Friends events to meet him in person. I just know he would love that.

Until next time!

~Nicole Bruno

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4 thoughts on “Friends Focus: Richard Romejko

  • January 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm
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    I’m standing at the back of the room with you.

    This was refreshing.

    Paula Fairchild

  • January 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm
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    Enjoyed reading that. You are a class act my friend.
    Love to you and Patty.
    David

  • January 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm
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    I loved learning more about my brother! He is a wonderful guy and so learned. I love that he loves Taos, New Mexico. I do too. Richard is a treasure and am so glad he is my brother. I am going to try to read some of the books he loves.

  • February 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm
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    I am a little jealous, I couldn’t have answered thoses questions that well. Good on ya dude!

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