Wayne Wheeler

Reveille's Librarian Extraordinaire !!

Reveille Profile 2014 Questions


When were you born?      Tucson!

Where did you grow up?   Tucson!

When did you move back to Tucson?  My husband and I lived in Scranton, Pennsylvania for 18 years and then returned to Tucson in the fall of 2011.

What brought you back?  I got tired of the NE Pennsylvania winters and missed Tucson in general.  When my Dad passed away in the summer of 2011, leaving my Mom on her own in Tucson, we decided to return.

What do you do for a living?  I’ve been a Librarian for over 20 years.  I presently work fulltime with the Pima County Public Library as a Library Associate and am working toward a fulltime Librarian position there.

How long have you been with Reveille?  Since September 2011.

What motivated you to join?   The Scranton LGBT community was very closeted, so when we returned to Tucson, I was ready to get involved in the community here.  I’ve been singing with choruses and choirs and in various musicals since junior high, and wanted to return to that.

What keeps you coming back?  The performances, the camaraderie, and the fun!

Have things changed much since you joined? Reveille has grown quite a bit in a few years and the professionalism has really increased.

If you could pick any song for Reveille to sing what would it be? Something by Blondie or Split Enz.

What is your fondest Reveille memory so far? So many-  Puerto Vallarta and the Arizona Pride Festival in the summer of 2013 are the standouts.

When you were a little boy what did you dream of being when you grew up?   I first wanted to be a cartoonist, then a veterinarian.  So of course, I ended up being a Librarian.

What do you like to do for fun (besides Reveille)? Traveling and dinners out with the hubby.  I also enjoy working out and running which helps keep me (relatively) sane…

What's your favorite place to hang-out here in Tucson? I love to hike and Picacho Peak’s my favorite trail.  In-town, I like to hang out at the Zoo to relax (during the week, when it’s quiet).  It’s my spot to chill and feel like I’m away from everything for a while.

What's your favorite movie?  Eraserhead by David Lynch.  It’s pretty indescribable.

Besides choral music, what kind of music do you enjoy listening to?  Pre 1990s Country & Western and mid 70s-early 80s Punk and New Wave.  I’m obsessed with the New Zealand group Split Enz and all their offshoot bands (I’m a lifetime fanclub member and have their name tattooed on my ankle).

What's your biggest regret? As Edith Piaf would say, “Je non regrette rien”!

What’s your best asset? When something’s important to me, I can be a persistent SOB.  I also just generally like people and can get along with (almost) everyone.

What really upsets you? This week it’s television political ads.  -Ask me next week, and you’ll get a different answer!

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? The ability to not get worked up about things that don’t really matter to me.  I’m working on it…

If you could go back in time and change one decision you made when you were younger what would that be?  I would not torture myself so much over my sexuality.  I did finally get to that point, but it was a bumpy road…

If you could choose one person (any person living or dead) to spend an evening with who would that be?

Easy answer- My Dad.

If you won the lottery tomorrow how would it change about the way you live (besides making a nice donation to Reveille)?

I would put some money away, buy a nice house downtown, put some money into marketing my husband’s paintings, make some donations (Yes, yes, Reveille included!), and travel, travel, travel.

Who do you admire the most? Ghandi, the Buddha, Martin Luther King Jr., and Bayard Rustin.

Any parting words you’d care to share? I love this quote from the Buddha-  "The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows."