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Face Time with Larry Bartoszek

Published: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Aurora resident Larry Bartoszek, 53, was at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva's church picnic at Wheeler Park when he answered 10 questions for the Kane County Chronicle's Brenda Schory.

Where did you grow up? Fox Lake.

Pets? Pluto, a black lab, and Honey, a turtle. And we have a foster dog, a shepherd mix named Maggie.

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Jim Carrey.

First job? Mopping the floor at a laundromat when I was 14.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? An archeologist, a race car driver, a race car designer, physicist, heart surgeon, brain surgeon. I became a mechanical engineer.

A book you'd recommend? "Accelerando" by Charles Stross.

Favorite charity? Truthout.org.

Hobbies? Reading, philosophizing and reading to fifth-graders.

Favorite local restaurant? JuRin in Geneva.

What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I once met University of Arizona professor, the late Willis Lamb, who got a Nobel Prize in physics in 1955 with Polykarp Kusch. Lamb and Kusch determined electromagnetic properties of the electron, known as the Lamb Shift – the difference between two energy levels of the hydrogen atom in quantum electrodynamics.

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