Your Turn

Your Turn/Chad Ford

Posted: Feb. 18, 2018 12:01 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a Jedi with a green light saber.

What would you rather be doing right now? Perfecting my skills as a beach bum.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I grew up a Cub fan. On TV it was WGN (Cubs) or TBS (Braves) for baseball, and my favorite player was Mark Grace because he's a lefty like me.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Discovering Gus's World Famous Fried chicken in Memphis, Tenn. (There's one in St. Louis now.)

It really stinks when ... people litter.

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

I always laugh when ... I talk to my friend Doug.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Kevin Costner, Jerry Rice and Bob Uecker.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... be dad.

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

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Clint Hill, Secret Service agent to five U.S. presidents. I also accidentally met NFL Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams in Chesterfield while he was doing a book signing.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... get together with friends I haven't seen in a long time.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... kneel during the national anthem.

America should be more concerned about ... literacy! Few people read anymore, and worse, few people read to their children. Also big government and energy independence.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... pecans. A huge pecan tree lives off our back porch keeping the squirrels fat and happy.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... MLB.com to check standings, scores and the hot stove during the offseason.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "Take the money. We'll figure out where to put it later." My first employer in banking.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... talk radio.

I always get sentimental when ... I see U.S. military homecomings. Especially the surprise homecomings.

The older I get, the more I realize ... to eliminate the meaningless and employ the meaningful.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... not have the scar under my left eyebrow.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my "Make America Read Again" shirt my wife just gave me for Christmas.

If I've learned anything at all ... it is to guard your heart instead of follow your heart.

Chad Ford, 44, works as a commercial banker at Commerce Bank. He has been married for 22 years and has one daughter. Ford is the youngest of three boys and grew up in New London, Mo. He enjoys reading, fishing, golfing and Cardinal baseball.