You What?

With Chuck Surack, President & Founder of Sweetwater Sound Inc.
Jul 1, 2016
Jeffrey Crane
You What?

What is your go-to karaoke song?
Who needs karaoke?! I have my own band. It’s called Prime Time and we play all the time.

What was your first job?
Making and selling potholders. I was 5 years old.

What is your greatest accomplishment?
My daughter Adderly, who is 9. She’s a musician, a great student and a budding ice skater. Everything she does, she makes me proud.

If you won $500 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Give it to charity. Every penny.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?
Information. I have an incredible appetite for information of every kind, so I’m a voracious reader of everything from magazines to technical manuals to every kind of book.

What three items would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island (other than food and water)?
My saxophone, a phone to call my wife and daughter and my helicopter so I could fly home and not be stranded.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A doctor, pediatrician specifically. I love children. Or a musician.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to cast as you?
Tom Hanks, of course.

What would you choose as your last meal?
My wonderful wife Lisa knows it is rigatoni and sausage, closely followed by Cindy’s Diner’s garbage for breakfast, three Coney dogs from Coney Island for lunch and three cheeseburgers with everything from Powers Hamburgers for dinner.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, with whom would you trade places?
God. How cool would that be? He is all knowing and all caring!

If you could meet one person (living or dead), who would you want to meet?
I would love to see my father again. He would be so proud. He would love my daughter, my wife and my two stepsons.

If you had a time machine, where and to what time period would you travel?
Into the future for sure. I am such a technology geek, I can’t wait to see what next year’s technology will be.

If you could listen to only one album for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” or Boots Randolph’s “Yakety Sax.”

Do you have any secret talents?
I have no talents, secret or otherwise. I do know one magic trick. I can make a quarter disappear into my elbow. It amuses the 9 year olds.

If you could solve one major problem, what would it be?
World peace. The world can be so senseless and so many people get hurt.

If you could give your 15 year-old self advice, what would it be?
Never give up. There is always a way. Go for your dreams.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Invest in others and the Boy Scout Law. A Boy Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent. Great principles to live by, both personally and professionally.

What is you favorite...

Vacation spot? It used to be Maui, now Turks and Caicos.

Holiday? Why? Christmas, to be with family and to see the joy on children’s faces

Sports team? The Colts, The Komets, The Mad Ants, The Tincaps

Band or music group or singer? Tower of Power

Song? “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

Drink? Iced tea and chocolate malts

Movie? “The Wizard Of Oz”

Downtown locale? Cindy’s Diner and Powers Hamburgers...you meet so many nice people.

Fort Wayne feature? Tincaps and Parkview Field and the Embassy Theatre. Hopefully someday, the arena downtown!

Fast food restaurant? I don’t eat fast food very often.

TV show? “Andy Griffith” reruns.

Hobby? Lake James with my family, playing music, flying helicopters and my car collection.

Halloween costume? I am too serious for that (wink).

Flavor of ice cream? Thanks to my wife, chocolate with chunks of peanut butter.

Snack? Sugar wafers, thanks to my dad.


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