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Your Turn/Tom Dugger

Posted: Jan. 13, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Jan. 13, 2018 11:10 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... owner of a car dealership.

What would you rather be doing right now? Mowing my grass or fixing one of my old cars.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I was flight engineer on a Chinook helicopter in Vietnam and awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Becoming an administrator at Hannibal-LaGrange College (now University).

It really stinks when ... people don't listen to me.

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

I always laugh when ... people don't listen to me.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Jesus, my dad and my father-in-law.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... go home, eat supper, watch television.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... a nerd, loser, wannabe athlete, nice guy.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I shook hands with President Jimmy Carter in Hannibal.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go to Hawaii and visit the USS Arizona.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... spend it. I would invest it and spend the earnings.

America should be more concerned about ... the jobless, the homeless and the hungry in our country. We spend billions on space programs and foreign aid, yet we have hurting citizens right here in the United States.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... cars. I have seven at my house at any given time.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... internet news. I like to keep up with current events and apparently like to be amused at the foolishness.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Consider the consequences of your actions before you take action.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... '50s and '60s oldies.

I always get sentimental when ... I see hurting children.

The older I get, the more I realize ... I become more like my dad -- care for people, but opinionated with fewer filters.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... listen to my own advice.

My favorite item of clothing is ... flannel shirts. I wear them around the house to work and relax in until they become thin and are completely worn out.

If I've learned anything at all ... (it's the importance of) taking care of those closest to you -- family, friends, co-workers -- to make sure they are OK spiritually, physically, financially and socially.

Tom Dugger, 69, is executive director for Families and Communities Together in Hannibal, Mo. He grew up in Carlinville, Ill. Dugger is married with one adult son, and he enjoys working on small mechanical projects.