The Signature Magazine Q&A: Harry Goff

Harry Goff, 65, worked as a Systems Analyst and Project Manager for Chevron in Pascagoula before retiring after 36 years.  A native of Jackson County growing up in the Wade-Hurley community, he and his wife, Marcia, moved to downtown Hattiesburg five years ago after retirement.  He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a BS in Business. Harry is an active ambassador for downtown Hattiesburg and the Golden Eagles.

What is your idea of happiness? 
Hanging out and spending time with friends and family that I love.


What is your most prized possession?
My wife, Marcia (figuratively, not literally!)


Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to have the ability to sing, other than when I’m in the shower.


What is your greatest regret?
Although I had a long career in the IT world, I’ve always felt like that was not what I was put on this earth to do. And I’m still trying to figure out exactly what that is!


What do you hate the most? 
When people try to force their personal views and opinions on other people. I always try to avoid discussing politics and religion.


What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? 
Procrastinating and overanalyzing.


What is the trait you most deplore in others? 
Self-absorbed people who only care about themselves.


What is your idea of misery? 
Being around self-absorbed people who only care about themselves and not being able to escape.


How would you like to die?
I would prefer not to have a long, drawn- out illness, but I do hope I will have enough time to tell the loved ones in my life goodbye.


What do you most value in your friends?  
Knowing they will be there for me if I ever need them, no matter the circumstances.


Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Navin R. Johnson in The Jerk.


Who is your hero in real life? 
Robin Wentworth, who succumbed to ALS last month. He had a profound impact on me personally and everyone that knew him.


Besides the Pine Belt, where is your favorite place to be? 
Anywhere in California.


What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I was a systems analyst and project manager for Chevron in my previous life.


What is your motto?
Live each day to its fullest because tomorrow isn’t promised.          


What was the happiest day of your life?
I can’t just pick one! The three happiest were when my two daughters were born and when I married wife, Marcia, 16 years ago.


What was the worst day of your life? 
The day my mother died of breast cancer at age 53 and I was 24. We were very close and I miss and think about her often. I know she would have been so proud of my two daughters and my two granddaughters.


Who are your favorite authors? 
John Grisham. I’ve read all of his books. To be honest, I don’t have time to do much reading since I “retired!”


What words would people use to describe you?
I hope they will be nice and just say, “Extrovert or never meets a stranger.”


If you could have dinner with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be? 
Robin Wentworth


What is your favorite quality in a woman? 
Kindness, compassion and insight.


What is your favorite quality in a man? 
Intelligence and wisdom. We all want to continually learn and grow each day.


What would you eat for your last meal?
Since it would be my last meal, I would have a fried seafood platter and cheesecake for dessert!


What is your present state of mind? 
Happy and blessed! However I’m never content. There are still things I want to do and accomplish in life.