Profile: Paul L. Gaba
Debate Coach, Wellington High School

Date of Birth: March 20, 1964
Place of Birth: Des Moines, IA
Former Occupations: Assistant manager of a suburban Detroit high school radio station; free-lance investigative newspaper reporter/photgrapher; wedding disc jockey entertainer.
Education: Bachelor of Applied Arts, Central Michigan University 1988; Master of Arts in Teaching, Wayne State University College of Education, 2001.
Hobbies: Bowling; following Detroit Red Wings hockey and Detroit Tigers baseball; quoting dialogue from every Monty Python's Flying Circus and Star Wars movie ever released.
Favorite Bands: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Manhattan Transfer, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Billy Joel, Cowboy Junkies, Noa, Weird Al, Karen Newman, Barenaked Ladies.
Desert Island Discs (i.e. what music you would bring to a desert island): Playback, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; Party Doll and Other Favorites, Mary Chapin Carpenter; Lounge-A-Palooza; Blues Brothers 2000 soundtrack; Spirits, Gil Scott-Heron; December, George Winston; Star Wars original motion picture soundtrack, The London Symphony Orchestra (John Williams, conducting).
Desert Island Books: The Fist of God, Frederick Forsyth; Stone Junction, Jim Dodge; The Stranger, Albert Camus; All The President's Men and The Final Days, Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein; Kent State: What Happened And Why, James A. Michener; The Algiers Motel Incident,, John Hersey; Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book, Shel Silverstein; The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson.
Desert Island Famous People To Talk To: Walter Cronkite, Ben Bradlee, David Brinkley.
First Concert I Ever Saw: The Monkees. (The first one I saw without the whole family was Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with Tommy Tutone, June 1980.)
Best Concert I've Ever Seen: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with Bob Dylan (1986) - Bob Seger joined them on stage for the first encore, "Knocking On Heaven's Door." Close second: The J. Geils Band (reunion tour, 1999). Third Place: Weird Al Yankovic (2000 - I met him backstage! How cool is that?).
If I Hear This Song I Will Throw The Radio Out The Window: "Come On Eilleen," Dexy's Midnight Runners.
Song Whose Lyrics Best Describe Me: Either "I Go To Extremes" or "The River of Dreams," both by Billy Joel.
Celebrity I'd Like To Have Dinner With (And Why): John Lennon - he was such an inspiration to millions who hoped and wished for peace in an era when hope and peace were almost nonexistent, and stood by his principles regardless of what others thought or said about him.
Celebrity I (Or Others) Think I Look Like: Eugene Levy. Elvis Costello (the bearded era). Donnie Iris (remember him?). My grandmother once swore I was Barry Manilow's evil twin, but I don't see the connection.
Pet Peeve: Stupid people.
My Heroes: My parents.
If I Won The Lotto, I Would: Pass out.
Favorite Quotes: "The ability to speak does not make you intelligent." - Qui-Gon Jinn, Star Wars: The Phanton Menace; "I've been putting out fire with gasoline." - David Bowie, Cat People (Putting Out Fire).