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Personality Test: Author Ken Gormley

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By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
 

Lawyer Ken Gormley is no benchwarmer. He became dean of Duquesne University Law School in March, not long after publication of his latest book, "The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr," (Random House; $35). The book has earned praise for its even-handed analysis of the investigation of President Bill Clinton by independent prosecutor Ken Starr. Last month, it won the Bruce K. Gould Book Award, which is given to best book relating to the law. Gormley's in good company -- past recipients of the award include Bob Woodward, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Gormley is a constitutional law scholar who has testified before the Senate on such matters as wiretapping, presidential pardons and the independent counsel law. He served as mayor of Forest Hills and as president of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Other awards include a college journalism award in 1977 from Rolling Stone magazine.

Childhood hero and why:

Roberto Clemente. He was a consummate professional, a gentleman and set extremely high standards of excellence for himself.

In five years, I'd like to:

Think about writing another book

My favorite thing about Pittsburgh is:

It is the greatest, friendliest, most family-oriented city in the world. As far as I'm concerned, everything leads back to Pittsburgh.

Three people I'd love to have dinner with:

President Bill Clinton, Dean Ken Starr, and Sophia Loren

After a long day, I like to relax with a:

A. Martini

B. Cold beer

C. Cabernet

D. Herbal tea

E. Hot chocolate

F. Red Bull

E. Hot chocolate. Although I enjoy a cold beer, after I turned 50 I found myself drinking more hot chocolate.

My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:

Rudy's Italian hoagie, at the original Rudy's in Swissvale.

One word your mother would use to describe you:

Persistent.

My required snack in a movie theater is:

Popcorn and Starburst fruit chews

When I was 10, I wanted to be:

Zorro

Musical instrument I wish I could play:

Drums (I'd like to be as good as Ned Rankin, drummer for the Iron City Houserockers)

My favorite comfort food:

Rudy's hoagie, at the original Rudy's in Swissvale

The first band I saw in concert (when and where):

Three Dog Night at Three Rivers Stadium

Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:

Phipps Conservatory. I proposed to my wife, Laura, there.

The most famous person I ever became friends with:

Paul Shannon of "Paul Shannon's Adventuretime" on WTAE. (He was a personal friend of the Three Stooges and gave me copies of letters that Moe wrote to him).

My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:

Veltre's in Forest Hills. Best homemade pizza in town. Also great spinach calzones.

My favorite "bad" movie is:

"The Butcher's Wife" with Demi Moore

My first job:

Working at Isaly's in Regent Square (my favorite was rainbow ice cream)

Life would be better without:

E-mail spam

I never travel without my:

Tea and honey

People would be surprised to know that I:

Once set a Guinness World Record in brick-carrying during college (43 12 miles with a 8 34 pound brick -- I was in better shape then!)

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