Name: Philip Campbell
Residence: Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
Profession: Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy
Favorite hobbies or pastimes? Why do you enjoy them? My favorite hobbies/pastimes are reading, sailing, photography and digital media creation. I enjoy reading because, well, I just always have – it’s a way to learn, to relax, to escape. Sailing – well, I’m in the Navy! Sailing is relaxing, but requires thought, intuition, and just feels great. Photography and digital media creation are just neat – they allow my creativity some release, a pleasure often denied to me by my profession.
When did you first hear about the town of Phil Campbell, Alabama? When I was friended by Brooklyn Phil on Facebook.
Were you able to attend the Phil Campbell Hoedown of June 2011? No, unfortunately – the whole family got sick after a transatlantic move the week before.
You are a Phil Campbell. What do you think of that name? I used to hate it. I was always “Philip” growing up, but then people started to shorten my name without my permission. It just became normal for me – although my mom and my wife still call me Philip, which confuses people when they talk about me.
Tell us a little about yourself, as many words as you would like. My wife and I have lived all over the world, including Hawaii, Australia, Japan and Greece. I’ve crossed every line of longitude on the planet on a plane, most of them on a ship, and every line of latitude between Cape Horn, South America to Ketchikan, Alaska – all on a ship or submarine. I’m really into science, the psychology of thought and how the brain works, and computers – but I’m also perfectly content to sit for hours and just think. I learned that while flying to and from Australia. Nowadays I won’t even pull out a book for a three hour flight – because it goes by too fast to bother.