Name: Joel Bradshaw

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 29, 2007

Age: 56

Occupation and title: Business Owner (Bradshaws Country Store) and retired Air Force Colonel

Spouse’s name: Unha Mun

Children’s names and ages: Lisa, 27; Linda, 26; Tim, 22; and Jacob, 13

Church affiliation: Beaverdam Baptist

What’s the best part of your day? Early morning

If you could select another profession, what would you do? Be a school teacher

Why do you choose to live in Franklin/Southampton/Isle of Wight County? I’ve lived all over the world, and I haven’t found a better place to live than where I grew up.

If you had two weeks’ vacation and money were no object, how would you spend your time? Traveling to places I haven’t been, particularly South America

Favorite food: Collards

Favorite weekend destination: Spending time on my farm in Carrsville; otherwise Virginia Tech, with my brothers, for a good football game

Favorite college sports team: Virginia Tech Hokies

Favorite pro sports team: Washington Redskins

Favorite color: Yellow

What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned, and who taught you? Be respectful to all and help others in need.

My Scout leaders taught me as a boy, including Ed Kinney, Billy Barrett, Lewis Carr and my father, Joel Bradshaw, Jr.

Favorite Bible verse: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Matthew 7:12

What’s the best decision you’ve made in life? Joining the Air Force as an engineering officer

Which local charitable or non-profit organization do you wish more people would support? Boy Scouts

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know. I always wanted to be an astronaut—I applied twice. I did command a space shuttle recovery team and met some astronauts.

What’s your hobby?


If you could re-live one day of your life, which would it be and why? I’m always looking forward. I can’t think of a day of my life I would want to re-live.

What gives you the blues? Nothing

What’s the most Southern thing you’ve ever done?

Helped with hog killings.

What’s your best childhood memory?

Attending Boy Scout Summer Camp after working in the fields during the summer.

Tell us one true thing. I don’t like garden peas.

What frightens you most? When my family members are driving on the roads knowing there are so many people driving recklessly and intoxicated, on drugs or fatigued.

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why? Alaska, because it is so beautiful and untamed

Who’s your favorite ex-president? Ronald Reagan

If you could pass or change one law, what would it be?

I would pass laws to simplify the tax system(s) at all levels, federal, state, and local.

What last brought tears to your eyes? My oldest daughter’s wedding when I had to give her away

If you could invite three guests - living or dead, from anytime in history - to dinner, who would they be?

George Washington, Bill Clinton and my father

What three objects would you take with you to a desert island? A lighter, a knife and a fishing pole

What kind of music do you like, and who’s your favorite performer?

Classic rock, New Age and Country. I have two favorites: Enya for New Age and Reba for country.

Tell us about a good movie you’ve seen lately and why you liked it.

“Immortal Beloved” a 1994 movie docudrama about Beethoven and what influenced him to become a great composer.

Who’s a famous athlete or entertainer you admire? Arnold Swartzenegger

What’s the last book you read?

“Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson.

To whom are you grateful and why? My parents, because they prepared me well for life and always supported me through good times and rough times.