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2017 Kane County Chronicle Best of the Fox

Face Time with Russell Wollert

Published: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Arlington Heights resident Russell Wollert, 65, was at the St. Charles Chicago Pet Show when he answered 10 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.

Where did you grow up? Wadsworth

Pets? Amanda, a white umbrella cockatoo. She’s a rescue. And I have never had a pet more loyal or more loving than this bird. And I have another cockatoo named Winchester.

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Sean Connery

First job? Packing groceries for the National Tea food stores

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an aircraft mechanic. And in the U.S. Navy, I was an aviation machinist and a flight engineer.

A movie you’d recommend? Any of the “Star Wars” movies

Favorite charity? Catholic Charities

Hobbies? I used to paint with acrylics, but now my hand shakes too much, and now I draw and paint on the computer.

Do you play an instrument? I play a 12-string guitar.

What is an interesting factoid about yourself? When I came home from Vietnam … I went to every airline at O’Hare and applied for a job, and it was ‘We’re not hiring today,’ or ‘You’re overqualified.’ So I went to driving trucks over the road for 30 years. I drove to 48 states and seven provinces of Canada, all through Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula.

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