April’s featured reader for Page Turners of Jefferson County is Scott Rogers. Page Turners asks a local resident to reflect on the role books and reading have played in his or her life.
Scott Rogers is very active in the community as President of Charles Town Now. He is a board member of Friends of Happy Retreat and the Old Opera House. He serves on the Planning Commission and the Citizen Advisory Committee working on the city’s comprehensive plan. He is also member of the C-Town Creative Council and Wild Wood Middle LCIS
Currently, Scott is a candidate for Mayor of Charles Town.
Scott Rogers moved to Charles Town with his wife Paula and young son William almost four years ago. They fell in love with Charles Town on their first trip through downtown. “We see Charles Town as our forever home and we believe through hard work and volunteerism we can ensure a wonderful future for our community.”
When not working, Scott enjoys time with friends and family, hiking, bike riding, swimming, skiing, searching for dinosaurs with his son William, and of course, reading.
“I love reading to my son William and I know he will develop the same love of literature that his mother and I have. We collect books much like big game hunters collect animal trophies!”
What book(s) are currently on your nightstand?
Tattoo Charlie by local writer, Shepherd Ogden, – is a fictional story of a college student coming of age in a turbulent period of American history between the end of the 1960’s and the beginning of the 1970’s.
What genres do you especially enjoy reading?
This is a tough one! I love history, science, and fiction books.
Where and when do you like to read best?
I enjoy reading in a large comfy chair with a crackling fire in the fireplace. A nice hot cup of Earl Grey is also a must have.
Which book most impacted your career?
I can think of no one book that has impacted me the most in my career; however, I have read many books on the concept of Servant Leadership. “Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world.” I put service to my community first over any personal ambitions.
Who is your favorite fictional character?
Atticus Finch, from To Kill a Mockingbird. I read the book at least once a year.
What’s the last book you put down without finishing?
The Philosophy of Schopenhauer – He is known as the philosopher of the hopelessness of the human predicament and an oracle for the young and disenchanted. The book read like molasses, and I just couldn’t get through it.
Which three authors (living or dead) would you invite to a dinner party? What would you ask them?
I would invite, Hunter S. Thompson, Truman Capote, and Anthony Bourdain to discuss the meaning of life.
What childhood memories about reading stick most in your mind?
My dad reading books to my brother and I at bedtime, we always looked forward to that. My favorite book for him to read us was Rusty Goes to School. Rusty was a puppy navigating his way through his first day of school. The dogs were generally well behaved, but the cats seemed to cause the most trouble!
If you had to name a book that made you who you are today, what would it be?
It would be simply be titled “Perseverance”.
Which five books would you take with you on a desert island?
I love this question, and I am going to sneak in another book!
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Hel’ls Angels by Hunter S. Thompson
- The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
- Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Is there a book you’ve read & liked that you’re embarrassed to admit? Guilty pleasure?
The whole Harry Potter series of books…
What do you plan to read next?
1944 FDR and the Year that Changed History, this is a book detailing one of the most pivotal years in human history.