Your Turn

Your Turn/Megan Newman

Posted: Jan. 26, 2019 10:55 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a CEO of a Fortune 500 company because I like to be in charge.

What would you rather be doing right now? Reading a book by the fireplace.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I can't parallel park!

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Graduation days -- when I earned my bachelor's and master's degrees.

It really stinks when ... people don't follow through with what they said they would do.

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

I always laugh when ... my kids tell me jokes.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Jane Austen -- "Pride and Prejudice" is my favorite book; Abraham Lincoln -- he visited Pittsfield numerous times; and my great-grandmother, Julia Quinn Goche -- her grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... (when the weather is nice) sit on my deck and watch my kids play on their swing set.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... a goody two-shoes.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I saw Jeffrey Donovan (he played Michael Westin on the television show "Burn Notice") in O'Hare Airport when we were coming home from our honeymoon.

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

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... move farther north.

America should be more concerned about ... the general lack of accountability and personal responsibility.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... bracelets.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Pinterest to look for new recipes.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Have a positive attitude, from my Dad.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Matchbox 20.

I always get sentimental when ... looking at old pictures of family members.

The older I get, the more I realize ... it's none of my business what other people think about me.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... I have made mistakes in my life, but I wouldn't change anything because those experiences helped me get to where I am today.

My favorite item of clothing is ... two bracelets my Mom gave me -- one made from the flowers in my wedding bouquet and one from my bridesmaid's bouquet from my sister's wedding.

If I've learned anything at all ... You can't control other people's actions, only your reaction to other people.

Megan Newman, 36, is economic development director for the city of Pittsfield. Newman lived in Nebraska and Missouri before moving to Pittsfield in eighth grade. She graduated from Pittsfield High School, went away to college and moved back to Pittsfield, which she considers her hometown, when she married her husband, Dustin. Newman and her husband have two children, Conner, 7, and Cassidy, 3.