Your Turn

Your Turn/Peter Wright

Posted: Jan. 1, 2017 12:01 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a pro basketball player.

What would you rather be doing right now? Cooking in a barbecue contest or watching my kids in their sports.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I like watching history documentaries.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Seeing my kids grow up as good people.

It really stinks when ... people are mean or treat my kids wrong.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Quiet.

I always laugh when ... I watch "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My late brother Harry, John Wooden and George Harrison.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... eat something good and watch TV.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... strange.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Ronald Reagan.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... watch my kids play ball.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... spend it recklessly.

America should be more concerned about ... Health care and the economy are probably our biggest problems. There are no easy answers to make either of them better, especially in Illinois.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... Barbecue smokers and antique pedal cars.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... BBQ Brethren to see what's happening in competition barbecue and Facebook to keep up on my friends' and relatives' kids' activities.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? The older I get, I realize just what a good normal upbringing I had. My parents always had great advice, and it's why I am the person I am today.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... the Beatles or Fleetwood Mac.

I always get sentimental when ... a child is hurt or in need.

The older I get, the more I realize ... how fast time flies by.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have gotten a four-year degree in college.

My favorite item of clothing is ... I get a T-shirt for Father's Day every year from my kids with their handprints on them. I wear them all the time.

If I've learned anything at all ... Plan your life for the long run, and try and enjoy the time with family and friends.

Peter Wright, 51, owns Wright Place Autobody Inc., in Pittsfield, his hometown. He has been in business for 25 years. His wife of 26 years is Anita, and they have two children, Maggie, 18, and Zoe, 14. Wright also is a professional competition barbecue cook in his free time.

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