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Face Time with Linda Thurmond

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

Naperville resident Linda Thurmond, 54, was knitting a shawl at Wool and Co.’s World Wide Knit in Public event in St. Charles when she answered nine questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.

Where did you grow up? Jackson, Miss.

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Diahann Carroll.

First job? I was a waitress for one day when I was 16. I was filling in for someone who was out sick, and they never called me back.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I thought I wanted to major in math, but I ended up in computer science. I was a candy striper for one day, thinking about becoming a nurse. I was in 11th grade, and I never saw so much blood and I said, “This is not for me.”

A movie you’d recommend? I like old black-and-white films like “Laura” a 1944 movie with Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews and Clifton Webb.

Favorite charity? My church, Community Baptist Church in Warrenville.

Hobbies? Sewing. I used to sew home decor and clothes. I had a home business doing that.

Favorite local restaurant? Wok ‘n’ Fire in St. Charles.

What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I met Jeffrey Osborne, a rhythm and blues singer who used to play with LTD. I met him in Las Vegas. I said, “I enjoyed your concert,” and he shook my hand and said thank you. I was so star struck, I forgot to take his picture.

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