NAME: Tom Hafey
MARITAL STATUS: Married to Maureen for 51 years.
CHILDREN: Rhonda, 48, Karen, 46, and Joanne, 40. I also have six grandchildren and every one of them has Hafey as their|second Christian name.
SCHOOL: We moved around we lived in Canberra for six years during the Depression. I was christened at St Ignatius at Richmond, went to a couple of little schools around, then we went to Canberra. When we came back to Melbourne we lived around East Malvern. I only went to high school for one year at Melbourne High. I hated it. I then delivered telegrams for a while and then went into the printing trade.
JOB: Public speaker. I speak at lots of schools and sporting clubs. I also do a bit of commentary with the ABC and I write for a South Australian paper. I speak to the kids about role models and such. I have never smoked or had a drink and that was because I wanted to be a sports person and I did not think it was necessary. Also former premiership-winning football coach; coached at Richmond, Collingwood, Geelong and Sydney. His record of coaching 522 VFL/AFL games is only|bettered by Jock McHale and Kevin Sheedy.
MM: What book do you |have beside your bed at the moment?
TH: I have 12, all by Percy Cerutty (famous athletic and fitness coach) or about him. I have millions of books. I buy books all the time. I have stacks of books on rugby league and boxing.
MM: What was the fitness routine today?
TH: I ran about 8km, did 600 sit-ups and 200 push-ups and I swim in the bay every day; never miss a day.
MM: How do you chill?
TH: Doing fitness things |getting away from football. I still do all the things I've ever done. I get down to the beach and surf a lot.
MM: What historical event do you wish you had witnessed?
TH: I would have loved to have seen Muhammad Ali fight Joe Frazier or Ali fight Foreman. I love Muhammad Ali. I have got dozens of book on him. He has done so many good things for his people. The book he wrote in about 1973 or 1974. I got about 60 or 70 copies and gave them away to a lot of people.
MM: Who is your favourite sportsperson?
TH: Muhammad Ali
MM: Your favourite team would be?
TH: The Tigers Richmond.
MM: What is your favourite holiday destination?
TH: Sorrento is as far as I want to go. The Mornington Peninsula is terrific I love the surf.
MM: Do you have a favourite song?
TH: The Richmond theme song (laughs). There are stacks of them Lullaby of Birdland,|anything by Ella Fitzgerald. I love Stevie Wonder's Sunshine of My Life.
MM: What is your favourite drink?
TH: Tea white, hot and strong with no sugar. I have never|tasted alcohol.
MM: Favourite meal?
TH: Roast lamb with mint sauce and vegies. I would have red meat once a week. I usually eat fish and pasta. I love breakfast. I have five lots in a big bowl with stewed fruit or yoghurt. I don't like going out for lunch or |breakfast.
MM: What was your first job?
TH: Delivering telegrams but when we were kids we used to do paper rounds and delivering groceries.
MM: What did you want to be when you were little?
TH: I always wanted to be a sportsman. I've done a lot of jobs. I left the post office after 12 months and did my|apprenticeship as a compositor and worked in the trade for a|number of years I had a milk bar, was a brickies labourer for a while and in and out of the printing trade.
MM: How did you learn about the facts of life?
TH: I don't know it might be something that comes naturally I guess (laughs).
MM: You are going on a long journey; what do you take to occupy yourself?
TH: Tapes. I love rock and roll Bill Haley. I love Elvis.
MM: What gives you a huge buzz?
TH: Family and friends. I keep in touch with all of them.
MM: What question would you ask God?
TH: How come it is not a drug-free world?