Chesapeake Beach, Maryland Phil

Name: Philip Campbell

Residence: Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

Age: 40

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.

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