Or what you don't really need to know
JJM: How about starting with your birthday?
DLP: July 21st 1966, damn I'm getting old
JJM: You're what, nearly six foot tall?
DLP: More like five eleven. Somehow I grew a half inch between 1995 and 1996
JJM: That's odd. You know, you're a big guy
DLP: Yeah, I get that a lot. People I've just met ask if I play football. I don't. I don't even watch football. But I've got a big frame and, hey, I've even been doing a lot of jogging and working out in the gym (makes face)
JJM: I take it you don't like going to the gym
DLP: I never really did. It's real boring in there
JJM: Where were you born?
DLP: New Brunswick, New Jersey - that's right, I'm a joisey boy
JJM: Tell us about your family
DLP: Family life was always pretty weird, but I won't get into mom, dad, grandparents, brothers or sisters - they have their own private lives so I'll just leave them out of this
JJM: Okay then, how about immediate family?
DLP: Ah yes, I'm single but I dream of my own family. My wife, the former Kimberly Anika Janssen and our two daughters - Angela Marie and Gabrielle Renee - and our fabulous feline Fealthas
JJM: Fealthas would be the cat?
DLP: Yeah, he'd have this superiority complex, but the girls would adore him - so he'll stay
JJM: Sounds like the women would run the house
DLP: That's also why I'd keep the cat around; to even out the male/female ratio more, though he'd get away with more than I
JJM: How about your early life?
DLP: Okay, I grew up and spent many uneventful years in school. I don't remember doing a whole lot of homework but school wasn't hard. I graduated an honor student. That was a surprise.
JJM: Did you like school? Have a good time then?
DLP: A lot of people I know look back on the high school years with fond rememberance. I can't really say that. What I learned and remember didn't come from books (grin)
JJM: Girlfriend, huh?
DLP: Yeah. (laughs) Things were pretty boring until I met Linda, but I won't drag her into this either
JJM: Alright, we'll go somewhere else then. When did you decide on serving your country?
DLP: Well, I was a year and a half out of high school and was driving a delivery van while looking for a career opening when it hit me. No, not the van. An idea hit me. I'd been looking to get into a major airline and figured I'd try a big one - the Air Force
JJM: So you joined the Air Force because you wanted a particular job, and did you get it?
DLP: No. I was all ready to get the position that I waited since high school to get when an outside influence shoved another job in my face. It was one of my worst decisions and deserves no forgiveness. I did proceed into the Air Force and am continuing on.
JJM: Now, looking back, are you happy with how it all worked out?
DLP: Oh yeah. If things went differently I wouldn't have met all the people I have and been to all the neat places. I couldn't really imagine it being any different
JJM: What are your interests, hobbies and such?
DLP: Damn, there are so many things I'm into I couldn't name them all
JJM: How about just a short list of what ever comes to mind?
DLP: Okay, I'm game. I'm into computers kinda, comics, baseball, writing stories and poetry, reading fantasy - mostly Dragonlance or Ravenloft books, Magic: The Gathering, Advanced D&D...I'm basically a collector
JJM: You say you're a collector. What do you collect?
DLP: I'm a pack rat. I collect what ever catches my interest, like in comics. I never cared about comics and never thought I would until I saw an issue of Vengence of Vampirella. I read it and got hooked on the story and artwork. Then I started collecting Ghost, Lady Death, Razor, Purgatori, Warrior Nun: Areala, Gold Digger, and Catwoman . . . my favorites. I have a wide variety of things I collect.
JJM: Okay, last question - what type of music do you listen to?
DLP: I like pretty much all types, except rap. In my CD collection I have Mozart, Harry Connick Jr., Blondie, XTC, Amy Grant, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Meat Loaf and many more. When I'd DJ at 5RRR radio in Woomera, Australia I'd play a lot of early 80s New Wave type music, my favorite.
JJM: Thank you for your time
DLP: It's been my pleasure