Aurora resident Susan Wagoner, 70, was going to the Kane County Audubon monthly meeting at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles when she answered 11 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.
Where did you grow up? Downers Grove
Pets? Two cats, Sophocles and Phoebe. I have a mouse in my back yard and squirrels in my attic.
Who would play you in the movie of your life? Ellen DeGeneres
First job? Packing plastic ashtrays for a guy out of his garage
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a psychologist/social worker. I became a microbiologist instead.
A movie you’d recommend? “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Favorite charity? Association for Individual Development and Hesed House
Do you speak another language? Spanish
Hobbies? Photography and birding. Last year in March, we went to Ecuador and in November we went to Brazil for birding. Our Ecuadorian guide said we had to come for the Pantanal, a wetland. He said you won’t put your camera down. That was the best trip I ever took.
Favorite local restaurant? Red Lobster in Geneva
What is an interesting factoid about yourself? I used to translate for a Hispanic bilingual newspaper, El Conquistador. And through them I met Carlos Fuentes, who has been on TV; Octavio Paz, who was a famous poet, philosopher and ambassador; Rigoberta Menchú Tum, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992.