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Face Time with Carol Spanuello

Willowbrook resident Carol Spanuello, 55, was volunteering at the Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival in Geneva when she answered 12 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.

Where did you grow up? Oak Park

Pets? I had Baby Freckles, a cat, a 6-pound weakling for many years, but not anymore.

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Meryl Streep

First job? I worked at the Oak Park Arms Hotel as a switchboard operator.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A musician. I became that. My main instrument is upright bass, but I also play mandolin and guitar.

A book you’d recommend? “Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson

What is your guilty pleasure? Chocolate ice cream

Favorite charity? St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Why are you at the folk festival? I’m here volunteering, but I’m also representing Plank Road Folk Music Society of Downers Grove. We have about 120 members, and I am the secretary on the executive board. We promote folk music and history and fellowship.

Hobbies? Other than music, basket weaving, quilting and reading

Favorite local restaurant? It was Mill Race Inn in Geneva, but it closed.

What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I met Bob Hope once downtown at Marshall Field back in the 1970s. And we rode around Comiskey Park with Jack Brickhouse in our car during Turn Back the Clock Day. Turn Back the Clock Day was July 11, 1990, Milwaukee Brewers vs. the White Sox. The team dressed in 1917 uniforms to celebrate Comiskey Park’s final season.

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