When I met up with Monty he was on a mission to fix something called a Chop Gun that had been giving him trouble for several days. I would very soon come to find out that Chop Guns are just one of the many things Monty has become a master at repairing around the Back Cove Yachts facility. Always on the move and known to everyone, Monty has been a fixture here for more than 20 years, and has overseen the facilities at Back Cove Yachts from the very beginning. In celebration, we set out to learn a bit more about this notoriously straight-talking motorcycle enthusiast.
What’s your favorite song of all time?
Somewhere Over the Rainbow, the Judy Garland version from The Wizard of Oz.
Pepsi or Coke?
What’s our favorite dessert?
What’s your favorite food?
Where did you grow up?
What was your first real job?
As a young man I was one of the first 6 people in the state of Maine to be certified as a Decontamination Technician. I sterilized surgical equipment.
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Cat. I have a rescue named Bailey, and she runs the house.
Name one thing that always makes you smile, no matter what:
Animals. I can honestly say that I would rather face down a bank robber than see an animal get hurt. I even feel bad when I’m driving and I hit a squirrel.
What do you do in your spare time?
Work on other people’s houses
Do you have any hobbies?
Motorcycle riding. Some buddies and I used to take a trip once a year – pick somewhere, stay in a hotel, and explore the area on our bikes.
What’s the most important thing you learned in school?
If you won a million dollars what would you spend it on?
What are you most proud of?
My kids and grandchildren. I have four grandchildren, two of whom are graduating from high school next year. They have big plans to be a Firefighter and a Teacher, and I’m very proud of them.
What’s your favorite color?
You have to sell everything you own except for one thing – what would you keep?
My Kawasaki Nomad 1600 motorcycle. I used to have a Goldwing.
How honest are you?
Does your honesty ever get you in trouble?
Yeah, pretty often. It’s been said I don’t know when to keep my mouth shut. But I’m a straight forward guy – if you ask me a question you’re going to get my honest answer.
What is the best band of all time?
The Beatles. I never went to a concert though, my parents kept a pretty tight rein and they would never have let me.
What do you cook when you’re the only one home?
What’s your favorite sport/team?
Nascar – Kevin Harvick