Dr. Ben Briley
Occupation: Clinical director, Trinity Health Ministries, Inc.
What was your first paying job?
“Mowing yards in my neighborhood in Springfield, Tenn.”
If you were stranded on an island, what one thing would you take?
If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
“Attend all Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments in one year for the full fortnight, staying in the best hotels and eating the best foods in Sydney, Paris, London and New York.”
What task or activity have you still not gotten around to doing?
“Learning to play the piano.”
What’s your favorite television or movie quote?
“Gentlemen, what we have here is a failure to communicate.” (From “Cool Hand Luke”)
What are you guilty of?
“Trashing out on sweets, on a limited basis of course.”
What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?
“Attend the NCAA Final Four.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My newly-remodeled kitchen.”
What are you reading currently?
Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?
“It is a tie between Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“Getting caught (with a friend) ringing doorbells as a youth with a made up story about who we were .”
Why did you pursue the career you chose?
“Dentistry offered the opportunity to coincidently serve people, be independent and pay the bills.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Fanatic, because I generally pursue things I’m passionate about in a fanatical way.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“Be more patient.”
What is your passion?
“Individual Liberty for all combined with appropriate responsibility.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
What do you hate?
“Unbridled liberalism. and it’s soulmate socialism.”
What’s your favorite quote?
“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” (John F. Kennedy)
What is your dream vacation?
“A working vacation on a chateau somewhere in Europe.”
Rebels, Tornadoes, Mountaineers or Governors?
What is your all-time favorite movie?
“It’s a tie between ‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘Napoleon Dynamite.’”
What is the best book you’ve ever read?
“Mere Christianity,” by C. S. Lewis.
Would you travel in space?
“Yes, but I’d need a good reason, such as doing some kind of meaningful research or performing an essential mission.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“During Christ’s ministry, specifically during the Sermon on the Mount.”
What character in a book or movie would you most like to be?
What is your favorite sport and favorite sport’s team?
“College Football and the UT Vols.”
What is the best present you ever received?
“A custom-made seat/bed that my wife made and put on our screened in back porch.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?
“Yes, multiple times for a plethora of specific reasons, the main theme being following my agenda instead of the teachers.”