Name Samuel Gardner Birthdate/age 34at the time of Janus'first sailing Ethnic/racial background American of mixed Western European ancestry Height/weight/build 5'8”, wiry build Hair/eye/skin tone Medium straight brownhair, dark brown eyes, medium skin tone Face Narrow face with sharp features Identifying marks 3” scar on left forearm from auto accident as teenager Mannerisms Fears snakes Basic personality Quick-thinking and opportunistic. Has a rather dark and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor; enjoys puns. Highly observant. Sometimes acts without checking with teammates if he sees a situation calling for a quick decision.
Family background: Born and raised in the Chicago metropolitan area. Gardner's father was an aspiring shortstop who was signed by the Kane County Cougars, a Class A minor league team, but was killed in an auto accident when Gardner was still an infant. Gardner's mother moved back in with her parents until her remarriage two years later afterward to an older man who ran a small car dealership. The marriage produced one son a year later but proved rocky, mirroring the issues in her relationship with her own father, and ended in divorce after six years. Determined to be independent, Gardner's mother managed to find a clerical job with a commercial real estate firm, eventually getting her realtor's license and becoming one of the company's top agents. She married a third time when Gardner was 15, this time to a successful art and antiques dealer whom she met in the course of her business. This relationship proved stable, producing a daughter two years later. After ambivalent relationships with his first stepfather and his maternal grandfather, Gardner had difficulty adjusting to his second stepfather but has come to respect him as an honest and tolerant man. Gardner himself has been married twice. His first marriage ended in divorce after two years as his wife was unable to tolerate the realities of being a Navy wife. He married his second wife, a successful businesswoman, five years ago. She, like him, has significant issues with intimacy and is currently comfortable with the couple's built-in oscillation between distance and “honeymooning” due to his deployments and her business demands. Gardner senses that if he retires, the marriage may enter a major crisis, but he is not yet ready to acknowledge or face this potential time bomb. He has no children and at this point has no plans for any, considering his relationship with his brother's three children sufficient to satisfy any paternal urges.
Education: Graduated from high school. He had difficulty with a mild form of ADHD during his elementary years and struggled academically through middle school, getting a reputation as a troublemaker. His high school baseball coach proved instrumental in helping him stay in school and gain better coping skills. He holds an associate's degree in business administration but has toyed with the idea of getting a degree in physical education and becoming a youth baseball coach when he leaves the Navy.
Work history: Worked concessions for a city recreational baseball complex during his last two summers at home. Entered the Navy shortly after high school graduation.
Military service: Became a SEAL two years after entering Naval service. He has reached the rank of Chief Petty Officer and is eligible to test for Senior Chief Petty Officer.
Religious background and beliefs: Agnostic; has never given much thought to religious matters.
Hobbies and leisure activities: Enjoys working on his hobby car, a 1967 Mustang fastback. Collects baseball cards and memorabilia related to the Chicago White Sox, his favorite team.
Medical history: None significant.
Mental health history: No formal history.
Traumatic experiences: Involved in an auto accident at age 17, suffering a serious glass cut to his left forearm and a broken collarbone that forced him to miss most of his senior year with his high school baseball team. Has witnessed several teammates' deaths while serving in the SEALs.
Other significant information: A fairly good amateur mechanic. Speaks passable Spanish.