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Your Turn/Adam Duesterhaus

Posted: Jun. 23, 2018 1:50 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... I remember I had my heart set on becoming an architect for the longest time. I love the idea of building things and being creative. That innovative path eventually led me to pursue graphic design in college, which transpired into the marketing/PR field I currently fulfill at United Way today. I love being creative and seeing others influenced by my work and ideas.

What would you rather be doing right now? Riding my bike or running a few miles throughout Quincy's beautiful neighborhoods. Traveling is also a big passion of mine, so being able to get away and do both those things while in a new place is something I always look forward to.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I love watching "Dancing With the Stars." It's such good entertainment. I even danced in Cornerstone's Dancing With the Local Stars back in 2016 and loved it.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? I'm still single and no kids, yet, but I'd say my proudest moments have been the times when I made a difference in the people and places around me, either through volunteering or community activism.

It really stinks when ... (you get) pre-buttered toast. I mean, how do they know that I even wanted butter? Maybe I didn't!

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

I always laugh when ... watching news bloopers on Facebook. They're a great time suck and so entertaining.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Jesus Christ, Charles Darwin and Leonardo da Vinci for their unwavering fundamental beliefs and convictions despite their surroundings.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... work out, either by running or lifting weights.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... a dork.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... last year while in New York City. I met Dan Harris (of "Good Morning America") while getting a tour of ABC News headquarters.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... hang out with all my nephews at the same time.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... admit that there's no difference in taste comparing brand-name and generic peanut butter.

America should be more concerned about ... what their city and state legislators are doing.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... jackets. I seriously have enough jackets to wear a different one, each day, for three weeks.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Facebook. It's admittedly where I get my news, sports and relevant information. And news blooper videos, of course.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? What I've gathered over the years is people that mind don't matter, and people that matter don't mind. This is applicable to any number of life's happenings. Concern yourself with those that build you up. Everything else will fall into place.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... NPR or a podcast (from NPR).

I always get sentimental when ... I see my nephews playing, learning and growing up healthy and having strong characters and personalities.

The older I get, the more I realize ... people are all the same. We all have fears, wants, goals and dreams. If only we could put down our differences long enough to understand that.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... try out for the golf team in college. It would've been super fun to travel and play various courses for my school.

My favorite item of clothing is ... I have this white and black truckers cap I wore during my Ironman competition two years ago in Madison, Wis. It's a bit dirty (from all the sweat), but I love wearing it and remembering how many miles I accomplished that day.

If I've learned anything at all ... Life goes on. Don't sweat the small stuff.

Adam Duesterhaus, 35, is the new director of communications and development for United Way of Adams County. He previously worked almost seven years at the Salvation Army Kroc Center as assistant marketing manager. Duesterhaus grew up just outside Quincy and graduated from Liberty High School and Culver-Stockton College. His hobbies include traveling, photography, golfing, cooking, family and staying fit through running, biking and swimming. He loves playing drums in his band Pepper Spray, listening to local music when he gets the chance and getting involved with community efforts.