1. Who are you?
I’m Wendi Wolfkill. I am 52 yrs old. I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I graduated from St. Augustine’s Academy in 1985 and was married in 1988. We moved to Milan in 1998, where my husband took a job on the police Dept. I have two sons. My husband, Rob, and I almost had 29 years together before he passed in 2017. We lived in Milan for 17 yrs, and presently live in Norwalk.
2. What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time?
Lately with having two jobs. . .sleep! Haha! But in all seriousness, I love spending time with my family and friends.
3. Do you have any hobbies?
I like to craft when I have time, but I love to go poke around Goodwill to see if I can find any hidden treasures!
4. What do you contribute to the Edison Birthplace?
I work in the Edison Birthplace office. I sell tickets, do the office tours, set up group tours, accession in artifacts, clean the Birthplace and office monthly and do deep cleaning in January. I also scan and file items and paperwork.
5. What’s your favorite quote from Edison?
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
6. Do you enjoy working at the Birthplace and what do you look forward to doing every day?
I absolutely love working at The Birthplace. I love the people I get to meet. . .I have met people from all over the world! I love when people are interested in the history of Thomas A Edison and at the end of the tours, when I hear what a wonderful jobs our guides do (they are awesome by the way). I look forward everyday to coming into work to be with my coworkers and bosses. They are not just coworkers anymore, they have all become very cherished friends. . .like family. I can not imagine life without them!
7. Your life.
I have two wonderful and amazing sons, Shane and Jason, that I adore very much. I have a little cat, named Cookie, and she is just so calm and sweet. Then, I have my little dog, named Curly, who is my buddy. . .my sidekick. Curly comes to work with me at the Birthplace and loves everyone there, even the guests — and is a bit spoiled. We are emotional support for each other.
8. What’s your favorite invention that Thomas Edison created?
Well, the phonograph, of course! Which is why I love working and doing office tours so much. I get to touch, play and listen to them everyday. I like how our President, Robert Wheeler, describes the phonograph: “If you think of it, Edison invented a time machine he was able to take a moment of time and preserve it for the future.” All the music, speeches and lessons we have learned from have an emotional attachment in our memories. All because of Thomas Edison and recorded sound.
9. How did you get involved with the Birthplace?
I got involved with the Birthplace by having a friend of mine tell me the Birthplace was looking for someone to work the grounds. So, I started out at the Birthplace working the grounds and gardens for a few years and then moved into the office. I’ve been here since 2005.