Robert Gunn

Profile Updated: August 8, 2014
Address: Salem, IN USA
Occupation: writer/viticulturist
Spouse/Partner: Mindy Gunn
Yes! Attending Reunion
Attending 35 year Reunion (08/30/14)

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What You've Been Doing:

After working in middle management for a data base company in Louisville, KY for 13 years, in 2001 I decided to pursue interests in fiction writing as well as viticulture and orchard cultivation. I have had had several short stories appear in periodicals throughout the country, though, to date, none of my novels have made it to print. In addition, I have a two-acre vineyard with French-hybrid grapes (Chambourcin; Cayuga, etc.) my primary focus as well as a half an acre orchard. As the vineyard matures, I plan to sell most of the grapes to local wineries yet retain enough to make wine for home consumption. In 2008, I made approximately 150 gallons that, surprisingly enough, turned out to be palatable. Although I cannot legally sell it, I did some bartering when my UPS deliverer wanted some for his daughter's wedding. Naturally, I was very flattered.

My wife Mindy is an optometrist for Brad Black's Eye Associates and works in the Salem office. We live about seven miles southeast of Salem on several acres of rolling farmland. Although we have no children, we have five dogs -- Hadley, Saami, Madoc, Mongo and Martini -- that keep us busy and amused. Because of the peaceful setting, our place is ideal for sitting back with a glass of wine or a cool drink and either chatting with friends or simply admiring the sunset over the vines.

For years I have been a fitness buff who routinely jogs 20 to 25 miles and cycles 100 to 150 miles a week as well as makes daily trips to the weight room. Naturally, I do this to maintain a healthy lifestyle as well as an attempt -- vain, perhaps -- to keep the beer gut at bay for as long as possible. My wife enjoys boxing -- have to be careful there! -- as well as playing tennis.

Although it would take a novel to describe how we met, one of my best friends is Swedish and lives in Malmo, which is located in southern Sweden. We try as often as we can to see each other; alternating years on which to visit. This unique friendship has provided us with a way to observe and to participate closely in a culture similar yet distinct from our own. And in case your wondering, my Swedish is very limited to a couple of curse words that, when spoken, never ceases to cause my friends to laugh uproariously.

Currently, I am writing a novel; in addition, I am starting to prune the vines. With any luck, I will produce a body of work that is publishable as well as have a bountiful harvest.

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