What inspires your work?
The desire to do a good job, whether at the office or in teaching at college.

Favorite tool of the trade: 
A computer and Google

Any hidden talents or something people would be surprised to know about you?
I have written over sixty books on the history and development of Boston which have made the best sellers list on occasion. I have taught history at The Urban College of Boston since 1997.

Words to live by: 
“A man starts to live when he can live outside himself.” – Einstein

What is your favorite invention? Least favorite?
My favorite invention is Wikipedia, and my least favorite invention is a deadline.

If your life was a song what would it be?
Any orchestral piece by Jean Sibelius

If your life was a movie, who would play you?
Hugh Bonneville