I began playing violin as a high-school sophomore. Because there were very few violin students in my part of the state, selectors chose geographic diversity over talent and I was invited in my senior year to the All-State Symphony, where I was in the second violin section. I played viola for a year in college before abandoning the instruments for a career in newspapers. Now retired, I am trying to get back into playing for fun and to exercise my brain. After restoring my granddad's 19th-century Baroque fiddle, I am collecting and restoring other violins as a hobby.