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Don Wooten says he has been curious about things all of his life. The 84 year old from Rock Island continues to enjoy a diverse and very interesting life.

Don is the founding father of WVIK-FM, Augustana College Public Radio. He hosts Jazz After Hours on 90.3 FM, the oldest jazz program in Quad Cities radio.

He formed Genesius Guild in 1956. That is local theatre, specializing in classical drama.

He worked in Quad City television for several years, taught at Alleman High School  in Rock Island, and served two terms in the Illinois State Senate.

Wooten grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended parochial school there and at one time thought he might become a priest. He entered seminary at Saint Ambrose in Davenport, and left the seminary after two years.

Wooten says people should be interested in the world and everything around them.

Walking the hallway at WVIK, Wooten acknowledges it is a wonderful life.

Wooten says he has had the rare privilege of being able to make a small scale living doing what he would have done for free.

He is a Quad City icon!