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Face Time with Tom Corron

Published: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Tom Corron, 57, a resident of Fort Wayne, Ind., was at a nature walk at Corron Farm in Campton Hills when he answered nine questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.

Where did you grow up? I grew up here in Campton Township.

Pets? A long-haired Chihuahua named Percy. He’s a guard dog.

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Nicolas Cage.

First job? Picking strawberries on my cousin’s farm for 10 cents a quart when I was 7. I was driving a baler on the farm when I was 10.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to work for NASA, but I became an insurance operations manager instead.

Favorite charity? Corron Farm Preservation Society. I am also on the board of a charity called Alpha-1 Foundation to find a cure for antitrypsin deficiency. It’s a genetic condition that causes the lack of a protein that protects lungs from inflammation. I was diagnosed at 50, and I am infused every week. If I had not been diagnosed, I would have been dead by now.

Hobbies? History and genealogy. I’ve unearthed photos that have not been seen for 100 years. And theater at Fort Wayne.

Favorite local restaurant? Bowes Creek Country Club in Elgin.

What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I met Milton Berle at an airport in Des Moines going to college at Drake. And this person was saying how much she loved him, he’s so funny – and then she called him “Mr. Silvers,” mistaking him for Phil Silvers.

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