Personality Test: Alison K. Babusci
Through a delightful twist of fate in the early '90s — when Alison K. Babusci took a storytelling class for fun — the Highland Park native found her life's path. Babusci, who lives in Stanton Heights with her husband, Germaine Williams, tells stories professionally to children and adults in museums, independent bookstores, schools, libraries, theaters and festivals in Pittsburgh, New York City and other places. Babusci also teaches art for Propel Charter Schools and serves as a childhood arts consultant for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:
Drew Barrymore. I think she could look a bit like me? I love her silly warmth. She's funny and a feminist.
My mom, Mary Alice Gorman. I always knew she was amazing and the best kind of hero. She was tough but full of love.
B. Goo Goo Dolls
C. Lady Gaga
D. Yo Gabba Gabba
The Go-Gos — I loved them and danced and danced and danced to “Vacation” with my girlfriends.
The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:
My Fashion Plates. Remember those? I loved designing the outfits and choosing colors and patterns. The superpower I wish I had in real life:
I wish I didn't need to sleep. There is always more to do, and I am always feeling tired.
I can't live without my: iPod, cell phone, DVR or laptop?
Cell phone — I love to keep in touch with friends and I constantly take pictures of my classroom and beautiful skies.
Favorite guilty pleasure:
San Pellegrino's Aranciata soda. I gave up all other “pop.” But I cannot give this up.
My favorite reality show:
I think reality shows are fairly awful. I am so sad that good storytelling and writing is undervalued. That being said, I love to watch “Dancing With the Stars.”
Favorite brunch food:
Brunch is my favorite, so it is really hard to choose. I would say almost anything on the brunch menu at E2 in Highland Park.
Best mistake I've ever made:
Going to Arizona State University the first time I tried grad school. I hated the program I was in, so I signed up for a class called Storytelling — mostly because it was off-campus — and it changed the course of my life!
E. I hate sports
C. STEELERS!!!!!!!!!! Love ya Black and Gold!
My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:
It's a tie: Hines Ward/Franco Harris
In five years, I'd like to:
Not look five years older.
My favorite thing about Pittsburgh:
The neighborhoods. The characters. The architecture … too hard to pick one.
Star I'd like to dance with on “Dancing With the Stars”:
Three people I'd love to have dinner with:
Vivian Gussin Paley, Julie Taymor, Tina Fey
Favorite lunchtime spot:
On my deck, sitting in the sun, eating something my husband made on the grill.
My quirkiest inherited trait:
I make lists. My mom makes lists. We like to plan and make lists.
I'm deathly afraid of:
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
A perfectly cooked turkey burger with a ton of spinach and muenster cheese.
One word my mother would use to describe me:
The last book I read:
“Why Are All the Good Teachers Crazy?”
If I weren't a storyteller, I'd be:
I think I would have made a great personal shopper.
When I was 10, I wanted to be:
A star, like the kids in “Fame,” the original movie that came out when I was 10.
Exercise I hate most:
Running, jogging … yuck.
In high school, I was:
The first band I saw in concert:
Duran Duran at the Civic Arena … circa 1984?
The best concert I've ever seen:
Prince — Lovesexy Tour, also at the Civic Arena
TV marathon I could watch all day:
HGTV — I could watch hours and hours of it.
My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:
Focaccina Ripiena at Piccolo Forno … it's not a traditional pizza … but it is sooooo good!
My most embarrassing junk food:
I probably only eat it once every three years or so … but I do like cotton candy!
Saturday mornings, you'll find me:
At Schoolhouse Yoga. In Kendell's yoga class.
My favorite website:
www.thisiscolossal.com. I use it to show cool, contemporary art to my students.
My first job:
I worked at Shady Skates. Mostly because of the cute skater boys.
My childhood nickname:
I was heartbroken that one never really stuck. Some old friends call me Al or Ali.
Another tie: Ben Harper and Pharrell Williams
Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:
“Casablanca.” I memorized the whole movie in eighth grade.
Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:
Carnegie Museum of Art/Carnegie Museum of Natural History/Carnegie Library Oakland branch
My most treasured fashion accessory:
My silver jewelry — I never take it off. I wear three bracelets that my husband gave me on my left wrist. On my right wrist, I wear one that my mother and stepfather gave me when they were married.
My most memorable fashion mistake:
The outfit I wore to the Cyndi Lauper concert. Yep there are pictures … pretty crazy.
Life would be better without:
Hatred. Racism. Guns.
If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:
The Beastie Boys — sadly, that won't happen. RIP Adam Yauch. And Ben Harper? Erykah Badu? I'm not sure.
I never travel without my:
I like to have a lavender sachet to sniff as I fall asleep … or just to feel at ease ... or on the plane.
People would be surprised to know that I:
Have my motorcycle license.