15 Questions with Dr. Paul Schwartz

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by Jonathan Geissler

The Mount Messenger sat down with Dr. Paul Schwartz, co-director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Development (CARD) at the Mount. Dr. Schwartz, a favorite among students for his humor and amiability, teaches both Adolescent Psychology and Abnormal Psychology, among other psychology-related courses.

1)  What is something you just don’t get about our generation?
A: I understand it, but it seems like you guys don’t read. You’re all on your i-Pads and cellphones and you never read.

2)  Without naming names, what is the craziest thing a student has done?
A: There was a student that missed class because she ran out of adhesive for her eyelashes and used crazy glue, inadvertently gluing her finger to her eyelash.

3)  What was your first job?
A: When I was in college, I drove a taxi. You could work any time. You could work as many hours as you wanted, and make as much money as you wanted. I worked at night — we would come to class with the taxi, and then go back on the road. But my first ever job was delivering the New York Post. That was when I was 12 years old.

4)  What was your first car?
A: 1955 red and white Ford Convertible. It’s still the only car I’ve ever washed.

5)  If you weren’t a professor, what would you be doing?
A: If I weren’t a professor, I’d probably be a psychiatrist or a general practitioner.

6)  Is there a saying or motto that you like to live your life by?
A: “Don’t take yourself too seriously.”

7)  If your life was a song, what would the title be?
A: “I Did It My Way.”

8)  Speaking of music, what is your most-played song or album?
A: The most-played album of mine is Sgt. Pepper’s by The Beatles, with Van Morrison’s Moon Dance being number two.

9)  Not counting anything charity-related, if you won the lottery, what would you do first?
A: My first significant purchase would be a house right on the Atlantic Ocean. But I don’t play the lotto, so I can’t win it. You’ve got to be in it to win it!

10)  If you were written about in the newspaper, on the front page, what would the headline read?
A: That’s a hard one! I’ve never been that infamous, nor that ambitious to be on the front page of a newspaper.

11)  If you were a character on any television show, past or present, who would you be?
A: I’ve always been a very content individual, so I don’t think in that way. When I was an adolescent, I wanted to play for the Knicks, but they never needed a 5′ 2″ guard that couldn’t dribble.

12)  What was the last movie you saw?
A: I don’t go to the theater, but the last movie I saw that I liked was The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

13)  What is your favorite movie of all time?
A: One of my favorites is probably Shane, an old Western. It’s a coming-of-age movie.

14)  Last movie question, I promise! If Hollywood produced a film about your life, whom would you like to play the lead role as you?
A: When I was younger, a young Richard Dreyfuss. And now, probably an aging Richard Dreyfuss with hair.

15)  Lastly, to end things on a serious note…are you a good dancer?
A: Not. At. All. Absolutely, categorically not!