Your Turn

Your Turn/Kris Gallaher

Posted: Apr. 8, 2017 10:50 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... an auto mechanic. I grew up around cars and worked out in the garage with my dad from the time I could walk it seems. I never really wanted to do anything else, but he talked me out of that career towards the end of my senior year of high school by pointing out that working on cars might not be as fun if it was your primary job, so my parents steered me toward computer work.

What would you rather be doing right now? Reading a Vince Flynn book on a warm, quiet, sunny beach.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I met my wife after taking up line dancing in college. Yes, I had the boots and western wear which showed off my dapper side. Maybe not as dashing as John Travolta in "Urban Cowboy," but it must have been enough.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? My part in helping to make Brown County School District the best it can be.

It really stinks when ... people feel the need to talk about how much they know about something (or everything).

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

I always laugh when ... I'm with my younger brother.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Jesus for guidance, Abraham Lincoln for a lesson in leadership and Don Knotts as Barney Fife for comic relief.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... relax in front of the TV or play board games with my family.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... quiet and different.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Marc McClure (Jimmy Olsen) and Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Ill.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... attend a John Williams or a Bee Gees concert.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... sell my dad's car.

America should be more concerned about ... trends toward less personal responsibility and the inability of government at all levels to meet its most basic obligations. Privacy, or lack thereof, is becoming a major concern as well. We seem to have gotten away from the ideals that made our country the greatest country in the history of the world, blemishes and all.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... Legos. Let's face it, though, is it possible to ever have too many? The obvious answer is of course not.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... news sites to stay informed of current events.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? It is hard to beat the golden rule, so it goes to show it's important to take your kids to Sunday School. A quote often attributed to Henry Ford is powerful as well -- Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... 60's, 70's and 80's music.

I always get sentimental when ... I think of all the things I've missed by working too much since my kids were born.

The older I get, the more I realize ... how little perspective you have when you're younger and with age comes more wisdom if you accept the fact that you always have a lot to learn.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... apply myself in high school instead of coasting through.

My favorite item of clothing is ... a sweatshirt I got on our last trip before we had kids. It's nothing special, just comfortable.

If I've learned anything at all ... Always think big, but keep your eyes on the details.

Kris Gallaher, 41, is the information technology director for the Brown County School district in Mount Sterling, a role he's held for a little over 15 years. He and his wife Gail live in Mount Sterling, where he was born and raised, with their two children. His wife is a math teacher at Brown County High School, so the whole family attends one school building or another every day.