Name: Borden Applegate.
Where/when I was born: Lakewood, N.J., in 1940.
Where I live: Jackson, N.J.
Family: Son of late Borden Sr. and Lorraine Applegate and younger brother of Ronnie Applegate. I have three daughters: Debra, Tracy, Beth.
Education: Master’s degree from Rutgers University.
Persons I most admire: My mother and father.
Occupation: Retired as a major in the Jackson Police Department.
Religious upbringing: Methodist.
Person in history I most admire: Robert Ingersoll.
My doubts about religion started: When I stopped believing in the Sandman, I stopped believing in God.
How I promote atheism: Through education, reason, tolerance and a sense of humor. I have written over 50 letters to the editor that have been published, and, with few exceptions, all have dealt with state/church separation issues or matters of concern to atheists. I have been a member of FFRF since the 1980s and have greatly admired and appreciated the work you have done on behalf of atheists for so many years.
How I got where I am today: Through the support of my wife, public school teachers and luck.
Things I like: May and October in New Jersey, the fragrances of lilac and honeysuckle, loyalty, small towns, my old dog Mr. Higgins, people with a sense of humor, Dixieland jazz, and movies with Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire dancing.
Things I smite: Christian doctrines of “original sin” and “eternal punishment.”
Favorite quote: “Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy to so make others so.” — Robert Ingersoll.