Men and Their Chairs

10th Annual Celebration of Local Men

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June 2019 Issue

Photography by Meredith M. Deal

There’s something special about the bond a man has with his chair. There is no set time for a man to acquire his chair, and his chair may vary throughout his life. Nonetheless, a man’s chair is a place where many important decisions are pondered and made, both personally and professionally. In history, we can look back to powerful moments put into action from a chair. From his bunker chair, Winston Churchill successfully pondered how to save the free world, and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats eased an entire nation, all from a chair. More iconically is the power kings convey from their thrones and the barking of orders from the director’s’ chair to create great movies. Sometimes the chair itself takes on a best supporting role and becomes a character of its own like Archie Bunker’s famous chair in “All in the Family,” or Martin Crane’s chair in “Frasier.”

Curiously, we wanted to see some of the chairs our local Glynn County men are attached to, so we went looking for a few good men. We did a good job finding them, and not only did they have a favorite chair, but a lot of heart, as well!


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Anthony Quickle

Hometown:  Saint Simons Island and Tallahassee, FL
Career:  Realtor & Artist (Sculptor & Painter)
Married to: Gail London Quickle
Family: We have lots of nieces, nephews, cousins and new grandniece 

My favorite motto or words to live by: “Never, Never, Never Give Up!”

Other than family, my greatest achievement so far is: Hard to say. Very proud of my military service and being the first in my family to graduate university. Many of the sculptures and public monuments I’ve created...lots of  “stuff” like that makes me proud. But probably the greatest is still making my wife laugh...it gets harder all the time. I love corny jokes, and she indulges me.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten or given? “A little grape jelly makes everything better...”  The universal applicability of such a simple concept is amazing. (From my Grandfather Quickle)

If you were the president of the US, what would your No. 1 goal be?
A strong  economy; it’s the engine that drives everything.

How has your father influenced you? He showed me you do whatever it takes to provide for and protect your family.

Outside of your family, if you could share a meal with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why? Also what would you eat? Isamu Noguchi - Master Sculptor (1904-1988). His work across the spectrum of sculptural design was incredible; his vision, manipulation of material, understanding of the essence of sculpture is unmatched. He was Japanese American, & I spent a good part of my childhood in Japan...so either cuisine would work—a ribeye steak or shrimp tempura, but it would be his choice.

What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen? My bride walking down the aisle to me on our wedding day. The second thing was a nuclear missile sitting in its silo...no connection between the two. LOL!

The No. 1 thing on my bucket list is? I don’t really have a bucket list.  As I find things I want to do or accomplish, I set out to do them. I don’t see the sense in piling up a list of  “someday” items.  Do it now.

Tell us about your chair: My “chair” is the simple stool that I use when painting or sculpting. It’s where I prefer to be, and I get cranky if I haven’t been seated there for a couple of days. It’s not very comfortable, but that works well since I tend to move around a lot. I like differing perspectives while working on any piece of art. It also works well as a quick pedestal when I’m reviewing a sculpture. It’s functional, which is my second highest compliment for an object. (The first being that it’s beautiful...which my stool is not.)

If my chair could say something about me, it would say: “I could use a new coat of paint (then I might be beautiful...)”

 


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Matthew Nasser

Hometown: St. Simons Island
Career: U.S. Federal Air Marshal, Driver and Marine Division Branch Chief: FLETC, Glynco, Ga., Dept of Homeland Security, Retired.
Family: Wife: Debbie Nasser,
Daughter: Macyn, is 16

My favorite motto or words to live by: Do everything
you can for others with what you’ve been given.

Other than family, my greatest achievement so far is: Accepting Christ in my life!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten or given? To remain humble in all circumstances.

If you were the president of the US, what would your No. 1 goal be? I would have two goals: Secure all borders and improve our healthcare system.

How has being a father inspired you? Being a father and husband has taught me to always put others before myself.

Outside of your family, if you could share a meal with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why? Also what would you eat? I would dine with Paul from the Bible because I can relate to him regarding the thorn in his flesh. My thorn is Lyme Disease, which I’ve had for the past decade. Together, we would dine on bourbon and steak.

What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen? The birth of my daughter.

The No. 1 thing on my bucket list is? To take my wife on a month or longer motorcycle trip around the U.S.

Tell us about your chair: My chair is a rocking chair made by the Amish. With its great lumbar support, it’s definitely my go-to place when I need to think and relax.

If my chair could say something about me, it would say: “Brace yourself, Mattie’s coming in again!”


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John Carlino Jr.

Hometown:  Brunswick, Ga   
Career:  Owner, C & Y Driveline, Dirt Racecar Driver    
Single or Married: Single
Family: Parents: John, Sr. and Bridgett Carino
Daughter: Caelyn, age 7

My favorite motto or words to live by: “It’s better to do everything right the first time so there is no doing it a second time.”

Other than family, my greatest achievement so far is: Having a great job and being successful in my racing career at Golden Isles Speedway and Waycross Motor Speedway.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten or given? To always do what makes you happy and not what makes anyone else happy.

If you were the president of the US, what would your No. 1 goal be? To keep America great ($$) and safe!

How has your father influenced you? He has told me my whole life to strive for nothing but the best!

Outside of your family, if you could share a meal with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why? Also what would you eat? John Drummond. We have been best friends for a long time and have been through a lot together. If I were to share food with him, it would be what we always like to eat—Italian or Mexican!

What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen? My child being born.

The No. 1 thing on my bucket list is? To travel the U.S. in my rebuilt 1983 Chevy Truck.

Tell us about your chair: My chair is in my racecar, and it was passed down by my grandfather to my dad, to me. I’ve been racing since I was a child and have spent many weekends at the racetrack since before I could walk.

If my chair could say something about me, it would say: “You sweat a lot and you stink! But I still got ya safe—keep going left!”



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Adam Sanchez

Hometown: Brunswick    
Career: County Nurse Manager
Married to: Allison Sanchez    
Family: Anslee (14), Parker (12), and Addison (6)

My favorite motto or words to live by: Everything happens for a reason.

Other than family, my greatest achievement so far is: Running three marathons. The physical demand was hard, but making a commitment to run long miles in a variety of weather conditions day after day required me to be very disciplined. It’s easy to talk yourself out of exercising, or cutting your run short after working all day, but when you achieve your goal, you feel great and accomplished. All the hard work pays off.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten or given? You can’t control everything or the opinion of others. You can only control your attitude and how you respond. And, this usually leads to advice on how to “take the high road.”

If you were the president of the US, what would your No. 1 goal be? I would focus my efforts on a new healthcare bill. Accessibility and affordability would be the two most important priorities.

How has being a father inspired you? Being a father has inspired me to work hard and teach my kids strong family values, work ethics, and how to love one another. I want them to grow up making good decisions even when no one is watching.

Outside of your family, if you could share a meal with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why? Also what would you eat? I would love to have dinner with actor Vince Vaughn. I can’t imagine being around him without constantly laughing. I love when he gets on a scenario and thinks out loud about how he’s supposed to act. I’m pretty sure we would be eating Mexican food.

What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen? While I love the ocean and being on the water, the Grand Canyon is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. The way the Colorado River worked its way to the bottom of the canyon blows my mind.

The No. 1 thing on my bucket list is? I would love to fly with one of the Blue Angels. I absolutely love watching those hornets. The roar of their engines as they zoom overhead gets my adrenaline pumping faster than anything. I’m totally amazed every time I see them.

Tell us about your chair: My chair has the responsibility of helping me plan and implement public healthcare in Glynn County. Ideas about back-to-school immunization clinics, school flu clinics, pregnancy prevention, STD prevention and treatment, and disaster preparedness have been created in the comfort of this chair. My chair does not work alone. It has a great team of people to help with creative ideas and meaningful action.

If my chair could say something about me, it would say: “He’s not very good at sitting still.” The chair probably feels motion sickness from me bouncing my legs up and down while typing, or rocking back and forth while on a telephone call.

 

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Pryce May

Hometown: Born in Guatemala, raised on St. Simons Island    
Family: Cynthia and Bob May are my wonderful parents.
Single or Married: Single.    
Career:  A little of everything, but mainly cinematography. College of Coastal Georgia, junior year, majoring in business administration and public affairs.   

My favorite motto or words to live by: “Live the Aloha Life”

Other than family, my greatest achievement so far is: Obtaining the rank of Eagle in scouting.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten or given? “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the Present.” —Shifu from Kung Fu Panda. And, “If you learn to breathe in the moment, you will find a way to smile.”

If you were the president of the US, what would your No. 1 goal be? I would make things more user-friendly (raises eyebrow)…perhaps introduce the A.I. world to all generations so everyone can make use of today’s technology.

How has your father influenced you? My father has influenced me to be bright, open-minded, and a well-mannered young man. He has taught me to be strong throughout all circumstances.

Outside of your family, if you could share a meal with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why? Also what would you eat? It would be Daniel Craig, the current James Bond movie character. He’s my favorite James Bond, and I have always wanted to meet him. We’d dine on Lowcountry Boil!

What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen? Being able to not only see, but walk with my mother onto a small, white-sandy beach on Oahu, Hawaii. It was her dream to visit Hawaii, and I wanted to be there with her, creating a new memory and a check off of her bucket list.  

The No. 1 thing on my bucket list is? I want to one day create my very own film (with, of course, blissful scenery of the Golden Isles) and have it premiere world-wide.

Tell us about your chair: My chair is… well unique. Just like me, it changes with time: whether by days, months, or even years. I prefer this chair because I can relax and feel the warm-summer breeze throughout my body, not to mention the beautiful scenery I’m privileged to see while sitting here. I consider these rip-rap rocks as a symbol to remind me we are quite alike. Rocks change overtime, but still stand out strong and bold, no matter how many things change their shape. .

If my chair could say something about me, it would say: “This young lad looks so tranquil as if he has no worry on his mind.”

 

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