Public Lives, in Private

Thursday, January 6, 2005;

Learn what city leaders are like when they're not on duty as Mayor Anthony A. Williams and D.C. Council members told Yolanda Woodlee their favorite book, president, vacation spot, the person in history they would most want to meet and much more.

David A. Catania

Birthplace and date: Kansas City, Mo.; Jan. 16, 1968.

David A. Catania (I-At Large) holds his cat, Lillian Rosenberg. They also get frequent visits from Morty, an alley cat. Catania says that "District residents are too concerned with what other people think of us." (Lauren Victoria Burke For The Washington Post)

Marital status: Partner, Brian Kearney.

College: Georgetown University, 1990; Georgetown University Law Center, 1994.

Pet(s): Lillian Rosenberg, a cat we adopted from a shelter nearly a year ago. Morty, an alley cat who stops by and visits Lillian. She's crazy about him; he's crazy about the food.

Celebrity I most resemble: None that I can think of. Most celebrities have hair.

My most notable characteristic or personality trait: A strong work ethic.

I'd love to trade places for a day with: Oprah Winfrey.

Nobody knows I: Love to fish.

Best movie I've ever seen: "History of the World: Part I."

Favorite TV show of all time: "All My Children."

Restaurant where my constituents would most likely run into me: 18th and U Duplex Diner.

Birthday cake: Bavarian Red Wine Cake.

Car I drive: BMW.

Politician I most admire: Congressman Barney Frank.

Favorite president: Theodore Roosevelt.

Most important influence in my life: My mother.

Favorite place to vacation: South Beach, Fla.

Most interesting place I ever visited: Masada in Israel.

Pet peeve: Tardiness.

Impression people have of the District that I would most like to change: While we certainly have our challenges, we are a fantastic city. I've always felt that we as District residents are too concerned with what other people think of us.

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