Kick off your week – and your countdown to ALL STARS – with a little Q&A time with ALL STAR Aims McGuinness, who was the first winner of 2014 at our January “Close Encounters” StorySlam.
How did you learn about Ex Fabula?
Through WUWM radio.
What is your favorite Ex Fabula memory?
Listening to a show in Turner Hall, my favorite building in Milwaukee.
Give us a random fact about you that most people don’t know
I once opened for U2 on the bagpipes.
What’s one thing you love about Milwaukee?
The history of movements for social justice in our city
…and what would you like to see change about Milwaukee?
Racial and economic inequality. I would like to see stronger support for public schools and other public goods.
How do you like to spend your down time?
Eating dinner with my family, walking my dog, reading
Finish this sentence: Wouldn’t it be cool if….
more people recognized what a great city we have.
Tell us something you would NEVER do
Humiliate a student.
What’s it like to be on stage, sharing a part of your life with a room full of strangers?
I feel grateful to those who listen no less than those who tell.
In your opinion, what are the key components to a great story?
I’m still learning. A sense of humility?
Who are some of your favorite storytellers?
My grandfather, my mother, my bagpipe teacher when I was growing up
What’s the best thing about the neighborhood you live in?
Boswell Books and the American Geographical Society Library (East Side), Escuela Fratney and Riverwest Cooperative Alliance (Riverwest)