10 Questions: East Coast transplant Linda Hensel enjoys new life in La Jolla
Linda Hensel spent 25 years in Boston working as a media relations consultant for a range of clients including the PBS science series NOVA, the Boston Science Museum, the Boston Children’s Museum, The Nature Conservancy, Harvard University, and the government of Kuwait, to name a few. She also worked as a docent at the de Cordova Sculpture Park + Museum in Lincoln, Mass., and volunteered for the Newton Schools Foundation, 826Boston, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Hensel moved to San Diego in 2010 and currently works as a consultant to the Carter Center in Atlanta, the Costume Colloquium in Florence, Italy, and Gratitude Gift Bags of Solana Beach.
She is a member of the San Diego Rowing Club in Mission Beach and is a board member of the San Diego Women’s Foundation. She graduated with a degree in English literature from the University of Colorado. Her two grown daughters work in New York City.
What brought you to La Jolla?After spending 25 years in Newton, Mass., where I worked and raised my daughters, I decided it was time for a big change in my life. One of my dearest friends has lived in the San Diego area since the 1970s, so I finally followed her lead. I put my stuff on a moving van and joined her and her family and friends out here. No regrets!
What might you add or improve in the area?If I could, I would fully fund and endow all San Diego’s museums so they could become world- class institutions.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?On my guest list would be George Gershwin; Antônio Carlos Jobim; Dorothy Parker; Mark Twain; Man Ray; Hamilton Jordan; Paul Newman, as my date (sorry Joanne); and to prepare the dinner, Charlie Trotter, because he is a wonderful chef who would create a great meal and also because we attended the same high school in Winnetka, Ill.
What are your five favorite movies?In no particular order they are “Diva,” “La Dolce Vita,” “Casablanca,” “Field of Dreams” and “Best in Show.”
What is it that you most dislike?That would be the fact that the Chicago Cubs have not won the World Series since 1908; no team has had to wait that long. Oh the agony!
What is your most-prized possession?I prize my memories, my art collection, and although they are not possessions, I cherish, love and adore, and am so very proud of, my two daughters.
What is your most marked characteristic?That would be my sense of humor.
What do you do for fun?I travel, spend time with my friends and family, read, hike, explore, scull on Mission Bay, write funny stories about my bad dates, and enjoy lots of good food and wine.
What is your motto or philosophy of life?Life is short; do it all, NOW!
What would be your dream vacation?Traveling around the world and stopping to visit every single country; enjoying the cities, venturing into the little towns, going off the grid, getting lost in the mountains, trekking in the jungles, wandering in the forests, through the deserts, laying on the beaches, diving under the seas, searching through the wares in the markets, paddling on the rivers, pausing in the churches and the temples, marveling at the art and architecture, and eating all of the wonderful and exotic food along the way.