Your Turn with ... Joe Bocke

Posted: Dec. 7, 2012 12:13 pm Updated: Dec. 28, 2012 2:15 pm


When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... play major league baseball, like many young boys.

What would you rather be doing right now? I always want to head to the golf course.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I love classical music.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Receiving my doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado.

It really stinks when ... people constantly complain but do nothing to get involved in solving the problem.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? I thought "competitive," but my wife said "integrity." It's hard to define yourself.

I always laugh when ... Gary Peters comes up with his one-liners at Exchange Club.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Moses, Jesus and Mohammed. I would ask them, "Could you gentlemen please clean up the mess in your native lands?"

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... sit back, have a cold one and then prepare for the next day's marathon.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... cautious but friendly.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was with ... John F. Kennedy. I got to shake his hand when he visited Quincy College in 1959.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... watch the Cubs in a World Series game.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would ... leave the beautiful city of Quincy.

America should be more concerned about ... promoting good schools because quality education is the groundwork of our great nation.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... baseball caps (to wear when playing golf, of course).

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... Not my thing. I prefer a good sporting event on television.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "Don't try to be someone you are not. Be yourself." That's from Elmo "Mac" McClain, a colleague and mentor.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... the Cardinals, the Cubs or classical music.

I always get sentimental when ... I am standing for the national anthem or when I hear "Silent Night."

The older I get, the more I realize ... I should enjoy each and every day because we are all terminal.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have studied more intensely while in school.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my colorful sport coats and slacks. However, my wife has tossed most of them, as she says they are the '70s (and they were).

If I've learned anything at all ... if you are respectful of all individuals, you will earn their respect.


Joe Bocke, 72, is a Quincy native. He began his career in education at Christian Brothers High School and then worked 38 years in the Quincy Public Schools as a teacher, director of special education and then superintendent. He loves to play golf and travel now that he is retired.


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