To shed some light on the personalities that make up the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) board of directors, the association has launched a series of board member profiles. Here, we hear from Barry Sudduth, NAPT Region 2 director and supervisor of bus operations at Prince William County Public Schools in Bristow, Va.
Barry Sudduth says that he finds Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture fascinating because of the range of emotions it displays.
If you could take back one sentence you’ve ever spoken, what would it be?
BARRY SUDDUTH: If I could take back one sentence that I have ever spoken, it would be “Supersize it, please!” This phrase has been spoken by me many times, and now I am supersized!
If you had to choose a first name other than your own, what would it be?
I have never given this question any thought, but I have always liked the name “Bubba.” I picture a Bubba as a no-nonsense, hard-working person who appreciates the simpler things in life.
If you ruled the world, what’s the first thing you would change, and why?
If I ruled the world, the first thing I would change would be my clothes. Nothing I own fits in the world-ruler style!
If you had a superpower, what would it be? And what would you do with it?
If I had a superpower, it would be the ability to see the consequences of my actions. I would use it to make much better judgment calls. That way I would not have to spend so much time saying, “That was the wrong thing to say!”
If you had to describe yourself in three words, which ones would you choose?
Honest, forthcoming, caring.
If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be?
As odd as this may sound, I guess it would have to be Glenn Miller’s Greatest Hits. I have always enjoyed all genres of music, but the big-band era had some of the greatest artists.
If you could have created any one work of great art by another artist, what would it be?
1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky. This work fascinates me because of the range of emotions displayed throughout the piece. Its quiet opening and bombastic ending create many emotions in the listener.
If you were to pick what is inscribed on your gravestone, what would it be?
“He worked hard and he tried. But now he has died!”