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Today's topic: Introducing

Note to readers: from time to time, we will use this space to introduce members of the Times staff to the public.

Name: Jim Ross

Hometown: Ocala

Originally From: Bolingbrook, IL

Came to Florida: September 1989

My Family Includes: My wife, Melanie, Mom, Dad, four brothers and one sister.

Employer: St. Petersburg Times

Occupation: Reporter, covering local court system.

My Favorite School Subject Was: English, because I enjoy reading and writing.

I'd Rather Be: Playing golf.

Hobbies: Golf, reading, watching sports on TV

Favorite or Last Book Read: Jordan Rules, about Michael Jordan.

Clubs: Ocala Sertoma Club; parishioner at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Ocala.

People Think I'm: Serious.

I Think I'm: Fooling a lot of people who think I'm always serious.

If I could, I would: Take my wife on a trip around the world.

My Greatest Achievement: Getting married.

If I Could Meet Anyone, Dead or Alive, It Would be: Jesus Christ.

My Pet Peeve: Bad phone manners.

My Goal in Life Is: To be a great husband, father and Christian.

The Biggest Problem We Face Today Is: Apathy.

Finally, I'd Like to Say: Always help others and never give up.

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