Growing up in the Bronx, David Paul got his start in theater as an usher at the aged Academy of Music in Manhattan, in its return to glory as a rock palace in the 1970s. "I worked my way onto the stage as a cable puller and broom sweeper," he says. Paul migrated west with a friend who was moving to LA, but finding it "just like New York except for the palm trees," he hitchhiked on to Eugene. "I had read the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," he notes. After earning a degree in radio broadcast production from LCC, Paul produced a live music show for KLCC from the WOW Hall and George's Garage. "I got to know the local acts," he says. "It was a springboard to what I do now, booking festivals and working as a stage hand at the Hult Center." From his vantage point in the KLCC booth at the Oregon Country Fair in 1977, Paul could see that the main stage needed some help. "At that time, anyone who wanted a little responsibility at the fair got a lot of responsibility," he says. "Being a good-hearted hippie, I went on to coordinate the main stage for 30 years now."