Grew up and currently lives in
Malden High School; Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.
Former farmer; maintenance assistant at a retirement home
Three Favorite Hobbies
Singing with a barbershop chorus, model railroading, reading
Three Adjectives that Describe Me
Enthusiastic, gregarious, encouraging
His farm has been in his family since 1865.
From the Essay
"I covet the opportunity to play a role as a new generation of little people see for the first time, wonder at the 'how' and 'why,' and come to some understanding: 'Mommy, come see the baby chicks!'; 'Dad, look what this does.' I submit that simple, basic facts provide the best foundation for productive imagination."
MSI Judges’ Thoughts
Dale’s childhood memories exploring the Museum instilled his lifelong appreciation for science. Born and raised on a family farm he later inherited, today he still sees science all around him: his farm, the railroads dotting the countryside, his passion for photography. He’s not one to slow down: He still works part-time in maintenance for a retirement community and is always willing to offer a helping hand to a friend or neighbor.
Dale is grateful for the role science plays in his life, but worries about the creativity crisis draining the next generation’s ability to imagine, invent and innovate. Dale speaks passionately about the need to develop our children’s sense of imagination and ingenuity. To help reverse this trend, he wants to live inside MSI to engage guests of all ages to exercise their imagination through a sense of play and discovery.
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About the Museum
The Museum of Science and Industry opened its doors in 1933 and is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere.