Booth's Unsung Heros: Paul Karabush, AV Technician

Lauren Anderson ‘15

If there’s one face that we’ve all seen, it’s the face of Paul Karabush. He is the superhero that has saved deans, famous guest speakers, and professors on countless occasions when they seem to have no hope. When computers glitch, projectors grumble and batteries die, presenters huff and sigh, but fear no more for Paul is nigh.

Lauren Anderson [LA]: Tell us a bit about yourself, how did you end up in this industry and here at Booth?

Paul Karabush [PK]: I’ve worked at Booth for about 25 years. When I started, we were of course in the old buildings. The corporate presentations were held at outside locations, such as the Quad club and the Robie House. I don’t think Frank Lloyd Wright would have appreciated me carrying a 20” TV up his narrow stairs, but we did it anyway. Because of the many review sessions and classes we record and monitor, I think I’ve heard enough content to have earned an MBA (but fortunately, I don’t have to take any exams).  I graduated from Columbia College, when they were just in one building downtown, instead of the entire south loop. I do occasionally work at Gleacher, for class recordings or special tapings

[LA]: I'm sure you get a lot of questions every day. What are your favorite ones to answer?

[PK]: The most frequent question we get is, “why is this not working”? To that end, the biggest adrenaline rush is getting called into a class in-progress, trying to figure out the problem, as quick as possible, while creating the least amount of distraction. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen too often.

[LA]: Ironically, do you think technology could ever take your job away?

[PK]: I think as long as there are humans teaching the classes, there will be a job for us. We try to make it as easy as possible for the faculty when they use technology, but as the technology changes; the school will need people to help them integrate it into their teaching.

[LA]: What most excites you in the tech world?

[PK]: I like technology that can be used in the classroom, like smart boards. But I’d like to see them made large enough to cover all three sections of the white board, at a reasonable price. When we record a class or review session, we have trouble trying to see, on-camera, what is being written on them during class.

[LA]: What superpower do you wish you had?

[PK]: Since speed is helpful for my job, super-speed would come in very handy. I could do a job at Harper and Gleacher at practically the same time.

[LA]: Who is your role model?

[PK]: Someone who has a positive attitude. Folk musician, Pete Seeger and former astronaut James Lovell come to mind. Apollo 13  is one of my favorite movies, because of all the problem solving necessary to make it out of trouble.