Schory: Where did you grow up?
Bonnema: I lived in Carol Stream until I was 10, then we moved to St. Charles. I graduated St. Charles High School in 1981 when there was just one high school.
Schory: Do you have any pets?
Bonnema: Two cats named Torrie and Yukon.
Schory: Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Bonnema: Groucho Marx.
Schory: First job?
Bonnema: Working at the Wasco Blacksmith shop when I was 12 years old.
Schory: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Bonnema: I wanted to be a DJ, but I became in charge of fleets for Mendel Plumbing and Heating.
Schory: Is that your truck in the show?
Bonnema: No, it’s one of the Mendel fleet. It’s a 1986 blue Chevy Scottsdale and all original.
Schory: Book or movie you would recommend?
Bonnema: “Citizen Kane.”
Schory: Favorite charity?
Bonnema: Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets, that’s where Yukon came from
Schory: Favorite ice cream flavor?
Bonnema: Raspberry sherbert
Schory: What is an interesting factoid about yourself?
Bonnema: I met Stacey King from the Chicago Bulls on a personal level while we were both at a firing range, G.A.T. Guns, in Carpentersville.