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Published: Tuesday, 7/31/2012 - Updated: 3 years ago

Town Talk: Gary Madrzykowski

Director of the Olander Park System

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As director of the Olander Park System, Gary Madrzykowski says the key to his happiness is working a job he is passionate about. He has worked in the area for the past 14 years and has enjoyed giving “Career Day” talks to students, about how he loves his job as Park Director.

“If you hate what you're doing, get out of it,” he said. “It affects negatively everything you do.” Madrzykowski said he has worked very few days in 14 years, because most days don't feel like work at all.

Get to know Gary a little better:

1. What are your hobbies? Golf, softball, reading and working out.

2. What types of books do you like to read? History and autobiographies.

3. Last book you read? Truman, by David McCullough

4. Name your favorite Sylvania restaurant. Avenue Bistro.

5. What is your favorite Sylvania spot? Centennial Quarry and Terrace.

6. Why Sylvania? “What's not to love about Sylvania?”

7. What is your favorite vacation location? Fort Myers Beach, in December — warm weather, blue skies and frozen rum runners.

8. What is your favorite season? Summer.

9. What job would you do if you could do anything? Write history books.

10. What was your first job? Shelf-stocker at Best Products, which used to be on Secor Road.

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