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Your Turn/Pamela McGuire

Posted: Mar. 4, 2018 12:01 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... I went through the usual -- teacher, nurse. What I really wanted to be was the sound effects person for radio dramas.

What would you rather be doing right now? Traveling. My bucket list is to visit all 50 states. I have six more to go.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... My husband and I are professional clowns and have helped start four clown alleys (clubs) and performed with a circus.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? When I won first place at the Country Clown Jamboree in Branson, Mo., in 1997.

It really stinks when ... people think they're better than anybody else.

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

I always laugh when ... we get together with all of our offspring.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My mom (I still miss her), Red Skelton (the best funny man ever) and Johnny Carson (the best at what he did).

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... prop my feet up, get a good book and a can of Dr. Pepper.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... quiet. I proved them wrong.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... meeting Emmett Kelly, Jr., and Jim Stafford in Branson.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go to Hawaii.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... think I was better than anyone else.

America should be more concerned about ... education. We're falling behind. Using our brains not machines.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... sweatshirts. They're comfortable and cozy.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... e-mail. I'm trying to get a family reunion set up for next year. It's been many years since we had one.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Treat people like they're someone special, because they are, from my mom.

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

I always get sentimental when ... I get around small children.

The older I get, the more I realize ... getting older isn't for sissies.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... I'd rather not say.

My favorite item of clothing is ... a gray sweatshirt my stepdaughter Karan gave me. I've had it for at least 12 years. "Karan, it's falling apart!"

If I've learned anything at all ... Do the best you can with what you have, and don't worry about the rest.


Pamela McGuire, 72, works for Swiss Colony Data Center. She enjoys reading, crosswords and rubber stamping. Born and raised in Iowa, McGuire and her husband Jim have been married for 31 years.