David Fetty, a chemistry teacher at Hinsdale South High School and Darien resident, retired this June after 31 years teaching.
Q. Where did you grow up?
A. Edison Park, on the Northwest Side of Chicago
Q. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A. An astronaut, but I outgrew the height limit by the time I entered eighth grade.
Q. How will you spend your time in retirement?
A. Brewing beer, I’m a home brewer, and volunteering my services as a beer judge. I’m a nationally ranked beer judge. Also tutoring local students in chemistry, making chemistry YouTube videos, traveling with my wife, Jane, and learning new stuff. I’d like to learn German. And exercising more than I do now.
Q. Is your wife still working?
A. Yes, she is a science teacher at Hinsdale Middle School.
Q. Do you have any pets?
A. A 2.5-year-old Swiss Bernese mountain dog named Lincoln, a 10-year-old dwarf lop-eared rabbit named Winston, and two fresh water aquariums, one 90 gallons and the other 30 gallons.
Q. What is your favorite local restaurant?
A. Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket. There isn’t even remotely a close second.
Q. What was your best vacation?
A. Hiking in the virgin redwood forests in northern California.
Q. What is your favorite book?
A. ‘Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln’
Q: What is your favorite movie?
I love movies and always have a tough time picking a favorite. ‘Casablanca,’ ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ ‘The Big Lebowski,’ ‘Shawshank Redemption.’ ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’ Movies are very much subject to my mood at the time.
Q. What super power would you like to have?
A. To be omnilingual, and able to perceive and communicate in any and every language.
Q. Do you have any pet peeves?
A. Lying, manipulation and deceit
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