What better way to highlight a day than lunch with a friend?
That thought brings us to our summer installment of "Lunch With ..." eight of our closest friends and those we would like to be our closest friends.
º Phil Conover: The retired Quincy University president now has plenty of time to discuss things other than higher education, such as how in the world he's going to mow that big yard of his. Lunch at: The Shupe Shack in Mendon, which is just down the road from where Phil lives and might be the best-kept little secret in Adams County. The dessert offerings are simply tremendous.
º Mark Harmon: I'm dying to ask the star and the driving force behind "NCIS" about the return of "Ziva" (Cote de Pablo) to the hit CBS crime series. Lunch at: Sprout's Inn, where I will introduce him to that sloppy joe-chicken and rice soup-coconut cream pie combo.
º Steve Stewart: I'm sure the manager of the local Staples store is dying to show off his latest St. Louis Blues shirt. Steve, who may be Quincy's No. 1 hockey fan, also enjoys Chinese food. Lunch at: First Wok, which sits in the same shopping center as Staples. Those plentiful lunch specials would make certain neither one of the Steves went back to work hungry.
º Joe Maddon: I'm curious to know if Joe thinks he will receive a contract extension from the underachieving Cubbies. Lunch at: Actually, our meal would likely be supper at a Quincy Gems game so we can have some of those great hot dogs served at QU Stadium. What else would you want to eat during a baseball-related conversation?
º Rev. Bob Cowman: Bob's a hard guy to pin down for lunch with his time in such great demand. He's not only pastor of Columbus Road Church, but operates his own modified race team. Lunch at: I'm thinking the racing reverend would enjoy a quick pit stop with one of the sandwich specials at McAlister's Deli, which is the closest eatery to Quincy Raceways.
º Dwayne Johnson: First thing I would ask "The Rock" for is a couple of (free!) tickets to his new film "Hobbs and Shaw," which looks like the perfect summer action movie. Lunch at: State Street Bar and Grill. I'm thinking The Rock would like to tackle one of those massive tenderloins served there.
º Jeff Dorsey: I would like to ask the semi-retired Y-101 radio personality if the demand for Cardinals baseball tickets the station gives away has lessened as this frustrating season has progressed. Lunch at: Kelly's, where I would order a round of those incredible fried mushrooms.
º Pat Mahomes: The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback not only sounds and looks like a nice guy, but apparently is just that. I'd like to hear more about the considerable charity work he does. Lunch at: The Butcher Block, where we can eat one of those tasty homemade sandwiches inside, outside or in the car.