News-Gazette staff writer Brett Dawson sat down earlier this week with new Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber. Besides asking him about his time with Gene Keady, his coaching philosophy and who his assistants will be, he also got Weber on the record with some more pressing matters: What''s in your CD player? James Taylor (right) Favorite meal? I love pizza. That''s my favorite. The last good movie you saw? "The Truth About Charlie" Anything extravagant you''ve been waiting to buy? I''m not really extravagant. I promised one of my daughters a four-wheeler if we moved, and my middle daughter is turning 16, so she''ll get a car now. And then for all of us, just a special house. Your dream vacation? I love Maui. And I''ve really enjoyed the opportunities I''ve had to go overseas. Maui is so beautiful and relaxing, but going to Europe and going to Australia has been great. I love getting a feel for the food and the culture. Where did you meet your wife? Actually the first time was in the library (at Wisconsin-Milwaukee). She always jokes that she was my library girl. Any superstitions? Not really. I try to stay away from that. I try to keep a routine, but with three daughters, even that''s hard because my wife will call and say, "You''ve got to pick this one up," and then my routine is broken. Who was your favorite player as a kid? When I was real young, it was a guy named George Thompson at Marquette. He was No. 24, and I was No. 24. And then I loved Pete Maravich (above). Coaches you admire the most, in any sport? I have to say Coach Keady because of his longevity and all he''s been able to accomplish. And then it''s amazing to me what Phil Jackson has been able to do, the way he gets his best players to buy in. If you could meet a historical figure, who would it be? I think probably President (Franklin) Roosevelt (left) because when the country was really struggling in its worst times, he found a way to be a problem solver and get the country on a positive road upward. If I had more free time I''d ... Exercise. Play tennis. I''d give myself more free time. With a family and this job, most of the free time I have goes to my kids. So I''d probably give myself a little more. What was the first car you ever owned? It was a Mercury Monterey, which we called The Tank. It had a paint job that was peeling and no power steering. You could have run it into a wall, and it wouldn''t have dented it. Turning it was like a bus. What did you want to be when you were a kid? I think you always dream of being a professional athlete. But after that, all I remember was wanting to be a teacher or a coach. Your most memorable game as a coach? Recently, beating Creighton for the (Missouri Valley Conference) championship. That was March 1, and we had a lot going on. It was Senior Day, we had a sellout crowd, we won the conference and I won my 100th game. Also, the year before beating Indiana. And obviously getting to the Sweet 16.