When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a nurse until my brother got a bad cut and I realized that I didn’t have the stomach for blood. I realize…

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I enjoyed writing and media, so I selected com…

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... There for a while, I was enamored with Jim McMahon and the 1985 Bears, so I’ll say I wanted to be a footb…

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... I can’t honestly say. I don’t think I had any idea. I actually changed my major in college from English t…

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a Major League Baseball player, but I learned early on that I was never going to achieve that dream.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... an actress or a singer. I’ve always loved performing.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a lawyer, because my mom told me I was the most argumentative child she ever met. Ha!

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When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... an archaeologist. I was always fascinated with Native American and Egyptian artifacts.

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Julie Parker, 53, is director of the Clayton Public Library District. Originally from Lewistown, Mo., Parker grew up on a farm. She's the moth…

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Sandra Shore, 28, is the airport director of Quincy Regional Airport. Shore was born and raised at the Lake of the Ozarks. She has wonderful f…

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Mindy Sibley, 50, works for Bradshaw Custom Pumping, Inc. She grew up in Jerseyville. Sibley, who has four kids and a granddaughter, likes to …

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Kevin Ballard, 60, was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and lived in Kansas City for 10 years before moving to Quincy in 2000. He is the owne…

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Jerica Smith, 33, is a native of Pike County, Ill. Smith has spent most of her life living in Pittsfield, where she's been working at Farmers …

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Kenyetta McFall, 44, is the communications and public relations manager for the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce. McFall loves to dance, sing a…

Jennifer E. Garner, 50, is the director of development for the Memorial Hospital Foundation in Carthage, Ill. She grew up in Henderson County …

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Burgundy Hill, 28, is the assistant director at Quincy Public Library. She was born and raised in Pittsfield and has lived in Quincy for the l…

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Rob Mellon, 49, is executive director of the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County and an U.S. Army Reserve officer instructing at Miz…

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John Ferguson, 76, grew up in Cabool, Missouri, graduated from SMS (now MSU) in Springfield, taught elementary and junior high orchestra for s…

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Pattie Paxton, 52, is an Omaha, Neb., native who has lived in South Dakota and Texas, but now has lived in Quincy the longest. She is married …

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Gabrielle Esselman, 27, is a special education teacher at Quincy Junior High School. She teaches sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students wi…

Heather Hayden, 51, grew up primarily in Pittsfield. She married Jeff and has spent the majority of her life in Milton. The Haydens have four …

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Jeremy Wingerter, 48, grew up in Quincy, left for college and lived in Chicago and Los Angeles before moving back 2 1/2 years ago. Wingerter i…

David Iftner, 70, is married to Kaye. He was born and raised in northern Illinois and is retired from the U.S. Postal Service. His primary enj…