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Your Turn/Brian Tallerico

Posted: Mar. 11, 2018 12:01 am

With Brian Tallerico

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a Jedi knight. I'm not sure that's changed.

What would you rather be doing right now? Sitting on a warm beach with my wife and perhaps the kids -- just perhaps.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I was a French literature major in college.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? The day I graduated from medical school.

It really stinks when ... you can't count on somebody that you thought you could.

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

I always laugh when ... I watch old "Simpsons" episodes.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Michael Jordan, George Washington and Louis Zamperini, no need to really explain why.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... tuck my kids into bed and realize it's all worth it.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... going to be a doctor.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Dick Cheney.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... meet an old friend.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... give up any of my freedoms.

America should be more concerned about ... what goes on inside our borders and less with international affairs. We have plenty of crises that we need to address first.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... T-shirts and baseball hats.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... my email accounts. There's always a lot to catch up on.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Life is two dots and a dash -- make the most of the dash.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Hair Nation and Sirius XM radio.

I always get sentimental when ... I visit my hometown.

The older I get, the more I realize ... you get just one chance to create a legacy.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... learn how to play piano.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my U.S. Navy sweatshirt, not only comfortable but it connects my past with my daughter's future.

If I've learned anything at all ... it's that you can't please all of the people all of the time. Abide by the Golden Rule, do the best you can at work and at home and the rest will fall into place.

Dr. Brian Tallerico is an orthopedic surgeon at Quincy Medical Group. He and his wife, Karen, have three children -- Hannah, 17, Sarah, 14 and Caleb, 8 -- and enjoy the outdoors, traveling and sports. Tallerico grew up near Pittsburgh, went to college nearby, married his high school sweetheart and headed to Chicago for medical school. After completing an orthopedic surgery residency in Columbus, Ohio, he was an active-duty U.S. Navy surgeon until 2006. After practicing for 11 years in Wyoming, the Tallericos moved to Quincy last summer.