Your Turn/J.T. Dozier

Posted: Sep. 10, 2017 12:01 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a fireman. When you are a 6-year-old boy, that looks like a really neat job until your older sister tells you that sometimes firemen step on nails and they have to get a tetanus shot. I did not like getting shots, so there went my career as a firefighter.

What would you rather be doing right now? Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I was a drama major in college. It was a good education since sometimes things can get very dramatic in the business world.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Your children always make you the proudest, but if the question is directed more to me personally, I would have to say when I received the Quincy Community Theatre's Enid Ireland Award from when I served as the president of QCT's Board of Directors during the New Theatre Campaign or when I was named the Rotarian of the Year for my body of work with the Rotary Club of Quincy for over 20 years.

It really stinks when ... people are wasteful. I joke about my thrifty Scottish ancestry (any Flemings out there?), but we should only consume the resources we truly need.

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

I always laugh when ... an old college buddy tells me a funny story.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My father's parents and my mother's father who I never knew. I would like to know their story and more about the childhood of my parents.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... sit on my front porch or in front of the fireplace. Both are very mentally relaxing.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... over enthusiastic.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I was close to greatness. While in the rotunda of the Illinois Capitol, State Rep. Art Tenhouse pointed out a young state senator from Chicago who was expected to win the U.S. Senate race. I wish I would have walked over to meet the young man from Chicago. His name, Barack Obama.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... visit my daughter and son-in-law in Germany.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... stop being a member of the Quincy community.

America should be more concerned about ... infighting. Arguing among ourselves accomplishes nothing. In the Masonic fraternity, we strive for harmony among our members. Only by working together can we solve America's problems.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... plastic clothes hangers. Not only do we have our own, but we have all of my mother's and the ones from my daughter in Germany. I am also good on wire clothes hangers.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... check my email. Between personal, work and junk, I have to sort through about 100 per day.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Love one another -- Jesus of Nazareth.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... the oldies station.

I always get sentimental when ... witnessing someone sharing God's love.

The older I get, the more I realize ... the mind is willing, but the body is still on vacation.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have practiced my piano more and continued instrumental music. My daughters are very talented vocal musicians, a gift from their mother. It would have been very pleasurable to share music with them.

My favorite item of clothing is ... a sweatshirt from the YMCA of the Rockies, site of many a family reunion where I watched my children grow up with their cousins. It does not fit very well anymore; someone must have shrunk it.

If I've learned anything at all ... Doing the right thing is always best -- better outcomes for all.

J.T. Dozier, who does not like admitting his age but says it's "39 plus 21," has lived in the Quincy area since the age of four months. He is husband to Cheri, father to Jennifer, who lives in Germany with her husband Christian, and Emily, who lives in Quincy with her husband David. He is an Eagle Scout and the owner and president of the 45-year-old Dozier Insurance Agency, Inc. Dozier is active in several community groups including Rotary, Quincy Community Theatre and Scottish Rite Free Masonry. He is probably best known for his work with MADD's Project Red Ribbon and his banana peel television commercials.