How did you get to be a count?
I did it the old-fashioned way. I was born into it along with my two older brothers. My grandfather, as head of the family, was Marquis. Once he passed away my dad became Marquis. As the youngest son and with both of my older brothers having male children, I will probably never become Marquis as the title passes down through the oldest male child.
I can see another book…Marquis Nobody….
What was it like growing up?
I grew up in the US so the only people that really knew about my title was my immediate family and my French relatives, which meant, of course, that no one really knew. Although once I got to high school, the word got out. However, it didn't really change much.
Interestingly enough, once I was out of college, I played a sport where a lot of the people on other teams started calling me “the Count.” I had played at the World Championships with the French national team back in the late '80s and the US national team was composed of a bunch of players from NYC. They started calling me the Count (and “Frenchie” sometimes). The nickname stuck.
Do you make people call you Count so and so? If not, how come? (I would.)
Other than people in my sport (as a nickname), no, and I don't make any of them do it, of course.
Do you go to France a lot? When you do, do you stay in chateaus?
When I was growing up I spent almost every August in France at my grandparents’ mansion on the Normandy coast in a small seaside town called Villers-sur-Mer. My dad and his 3 sisters (none of whom were countesses, of course) would come with their families so it was a huge gathering of cousins for weeks at a time, going to the beach and playing tennis every day with huge meals for 20+ people at a time. A few times, I have actually stayed in a chateau of a friend of my parents.
Do countesses really wear tiaras?
Well, I have never seen my mother in one. But I think it's a cool idea!
Has being a count helped you get girls?
I'm not sure I should really answer that. I guess the short answer is, yes ;)
How does being a count affect your daily life?
Not so much, I would have to say. It is a cool nickname though.