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2017 Kane County Chronicle Best of the Fox

Face Time with Jeanette Johnson

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Batavia resident Jeanette Johnson, 72, was at Messenger Public Library in North Aurora when she answered 11 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.

Where did you grow up? Chicago

Pets? A cat named Honey D

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Amelia Earhart

First job? Working in a tuberculosis hospital in the dietary department

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to go into drafting. My schools changed my art and drafting classes to typing and stenography. It rankles me to this day, but that was back in 1954. I became a registered nurse instead and served in the Navy. I retired as a lieutenant, which is a captain in the other services.

A movie you’d recommend? “Dragonfly”

Favorite charity? Programs at my church, Unity of Fox Valley in Batavia

Hobbies? Wood carving, calligraphy, sketching, sewing, cross stitch

Do you speak another language? I know a little Spanish and German.

Favorite local restaurant? Harner’s in North Aurora

What is an interesting factoid about yourself? In 1968, I went to a Naval base in Guam at a World War II beachhead, which they reopened because of casualties from the Tet Offensive in Vietnam.

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