Reader of the Week: John Jenkins of Galston

Three people I would love to invite to dinner: Three deserving teenagers who are breadwinners for their single-parent families.

Most amazing thing I’ve ever done: Given my life to Jesus.

The best advice I ever received: From my deserted mother of six kids: ‘‘Remember John, she is somebody’s sister’’ every time I went out on a date as a teenager. And ‘‘Be good to your kids, they pick your retirement home.’’

I would spend my last $10 on: A loaf of bread.

My greatest fear: Losing my wife.

My fantasy job: As a small boy, I always wanted to drive the baker’s cart!

If I could travel back in time I would love to meet: My paternal great-grandfather.

True love is ... Unconditional.

My last meal would be: A crust of dry bread!

My favourite phrase is: ‘‘It’s not what you’ve got that’s important; it’s what you do with what you’ve got’’.

I will never throw out: My Bible.

My biggest fashion faux pas: Hey, it’s a continual faux pas!

I’m always asked: ‘‘Are you a JP?’’ (I’m not).

What people may not know about me is: I was once very, very shy.

My earliest memory: At three years old, lying on the seaweed at an Adelaide beach, a harmonica playing South of The Border — it was my father’s farewell in 1940 before departing for the Middle East in World War II.

My most embarrassing moment: It’s a long story! It’s in my personal memoirs.

Wierdest thing in my glovebox: A pair of leather gloves!

I wish I hadn’t ... Been as judgmental and critical in the past.

People say I look like: Leslie Nielsen.

My first car: A second-hand 1956 FJ Holden which I paid 300 pounds [$600] in 1964.

On my bedside table is: My Bible and my sleep apnoea machine.

A movie I think everyone should see: “My Left Foot” – the true story of cerebral palsy victim - Christy Brown.

In the future… A prosperous and peaceful Australia for our grandchildren.

Favourite book as a child: “Biggles Delivers The Goods” a school prize.

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