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Children are always asked what they want to be when they grow up. When I was asked, I always said I wanted to be a doctor, but I have no idea where this love of doctoring came from. I remember donning a white smock one summer at Akçakaya and playing the role of a doctor in a soirée given in a stone building, an orphanage then, used now by the army. Did I take the role because I wanted to be a doctor, or did I get the idea of being a doctor from the role, I'll never know. I loved motion pictures and dreamed of being an actor when I was 15 or 16. I think I was 18 when the Turkish Aviation Society started offering gliding courses in Adana. I already knew how to drive a car by then, but I wanted to be a pilot. When I told my father, he said, "Stick to your own business. It's not clear what you'd gain from being a pilot. Not only that but it's dangerous and you'll pay a whale of a lot of money for the course. There's no need for it." I was about to insist when he started to blow up. And when my father did that, we piped down, and that chapter was closed there and then. And so my dreams of being a pilot went down the drain. When Turkish Airlines Skylife magazine asked me to contribute a column, I remembered

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