Simply ask … Gretchen Baker – Pittsburgh Quarterly

Q: W.What is the most interesting thing about your job?

A: Within a single day, I can spend time with dinosaur experts studying fossils, discussing plans with talented exhibit designers, watching an energetic educator engage a group of children in our galleries, meet with community partners, and work on a budget. My job activates almost all of my passions.

Q: What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

A: Move with confidence.

Q: How do you start the day

A: With a run. Not only does it help me wake up and visualize the day, it also helps me get to know our new city.

Q: Which three qualities do you value most in a person?

A: Friendliness towards others, curiosity about the world and openness to change!

Q: If you could have dinner with a person, living or dead, who would it be?

A: My sister. COVID-19 has kept us physically at a distance for 18 months.

Q: What are you doing for fun

A: Our 6 year old daughter and our 8 month old puppy are the local fun experts. Whatever they do!

Q: W.What would you change about Pittsburgh?

A: I can recycle very little of what I use, and green waste ends up in the trash.

Q: P.People would be surprised to know …?

A: I’ve been wearing hearing aids since I was 4.

Q: If you won Lottery you would…?

A: Scholarship positions and galleries in every natural history museum I’ve worked at.

Q: W.What do you regret most?

A: When I was younger, I didn’t take a year in between.

Q: W.What would your epitaph say?

A: She couldn’t hear well, but she was a great listener.

Q: IIf you could come back as anything, what or who would it be?

A: A morning sequoia.

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