Dan Conboy's professional career focused on the legal system, but in his private time, the retired parole officer always has sought out the stage.
The difficulty of raising two sons with autism into adulthood proves worthwhile for Otis and Gwendolyn Pleasant when live music fills their home. There were hard times when the boys were growing up - there are still moments when the couple has to teach their sons social cues that seem to be instinctual for most adults - but in the Pleasant household, there is never a dull moment and it's not unusual for Christopher and Jason to fill the home with music.
Disobeying his parents wishes set off a chain of events that led to Bob Mejer's 50-year career as an artist and art professor.
Ryan Stark got his first camcorder at 13, and the piece of equipment became an extension of himself. He wanted to be a country western star or a construction worker, like his father, but his passion for film slowly transformed itself into a career and helped him to carve out his own niche as an entrepreneur.
The first time Gabby Pratt attended an event at Quincy Young Life, she spent most of it in the bathroom. Crippled by an anxiety attack, her first hour there was full of terror as she hid out in a stall. Pratt now helps other students who are in the position she once was.
Ryan Jansen was on track to go to West Point and eyeing a military career when a hard hit during a particularly hot football practice shattered those dreams.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Kate Roth used her nationality to break into a competitive career. A former nurse, Roth spent the first part of her life taking in as many cultures as possible. After building a family and settling down, she found a second career as a voice-over actor.
Minnie Johnson was 71 when she bought her first house, an unassuming white ranch-style home in Quincy with blue shutters and privacy fencing, a crowning achievement for a woman who slowly worked her way beyond the hand-to-mouth existence of her earliest days.
Jody Parrish had any number of chances to go down the wrong path. A love of sports pulled him through the hard times, and once he graduated, the military forced structure and maturity upon him. He's now a corrections officer at the Clayton Work Camp and is involved with Special Olympics to support his brother, Wesley.
Elsie was a 32-year-old divorcee with two young girls when she met John Hayes, a divorced World War II veteran, on a blind date at a no-longer standing corner tavern. Set-up by Elsie's sister and John's brother, the pair instantly clicked.