Metro-East Living

Your life encapsulized on a questionnaire revealing — and fun

Terry Mackin
Terry Mackin

A list of questions on a form was given to me as a handout at a workshop about a year ago.

“Write about people by asking them fun questions,” was the headline on the form.

I tucked the form away in a folder, inserted it in a closed drawer, and found it a year later on a trash day.

On a recent, cold evening, as I waited impatiently for more sunshine, St. Pat’s Day, spring training or another Cardinals trade, I gave the form a shot and along the way, I learned a few things about myself.

Your childhood nickname?


Favorite thing about your childhood home?

The backyard. Big enough for a baseball field. Over Sparks’ fence was a grand slam!

Close your eyes, Peter Pan. Daydream. Where is your world’s happy place?

St. Philip Catholic Grade School grounds in East St. Louis. My old school. Diamond 2. Recess. Softball game. Early 1970s. Uniform shirt untucked. Hole in the knee of my school pants.

You have $50 burning a hole in your pocket. Where are you shopping?

Marshall’s. Polo sweaters on sale. Check shoes clearance. Maybe Golf Galaxy to buy some sale golf balls. One predictability about my golf game: I never have too many golf balls.

Your life can have either a rewind or a pause button. Which do you choose?

A pause button. Life is good. But it moves too fast. You have to make yourself pause and enjoy.

One thing you wish you were better at?

Golf. Would be more fun if I didn’t three putt so often.

A dozen songs to include on your life’s soundtrack.

Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen), American Girl (Tom Petty), Fly Me to the Moon (Frank Sinatra), Have a Little Faith in Me (John Hiatt), Circles Around Me (Sam Bush), Blind Side of the Road (Van Morrison), Roll Me Away (Bob Seger), Harvest Moon (Neil Young), Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith), Long Monday (John Prine), Doctor Worm (They Might Be Giants), I Choose You (Sara Bareilles).

One more thing you wish you were better at?

Dancing. It’d be fun if I had rhythm.

What’s one of your greatest fears, non-medical?

Politics. Our country today is too divisive and angry.

Second greatest fear, non-medical?

Flying monkeys on The Wizard of Oz.

Favorite sports movie(s), all–time.

Hoosiers. Brian’s Song. Remember the Titans. Sixty One. Field of Dreams.

Favorite non-sports movies, all-time. Shawshank Redemption. Dazed and Confused. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Tommy Boy. Hook. Forrest Gump.

Person I wish I could be when I grow up?

Rob Gronkowski, tight end, New England Patriots.

Best book you have read in past month?

Joe Biden’s, “Promise Me, Dad.” More about fatherhood than politics.

Favorite TV Game Show?

Family Feud. Steve Harvey cracks me up.

One more thing you wish you were better at?

Handyman stuff. I can fix a sandwich. That’s it.

Best advice you have ever received?

“Don’t ask the question if you don’t really want the answer, son.” (Mom)

Best advice you have ever given?

“Listen to others. You can learn a lot.”

“Put at least 10 percent of your salary in a 401k.”

Life’s biggest regret?

Throwing away shoeboxes of baseball cards every winter as a kid.

Favorite quote?

From basketball coach Jim Valvano: “If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.”

Lunch with six people no longer with us. Who would they be?

Mom. Dad. Gramps. Stan Musial. Jackie Robinson. R.J. Krause.

Where would you eat lunch?

Old Sam’s Barbecue in French Village.

Who’d pay for lunch?

I got it, Dad. My turn. Finally.

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