16 Things You Didn’t Know About Howard Dean

1. Although he is often perceived as being very liberal, Dean actually represented the more conservative sector of the Vermont Democratic party.2. He has a son in his late teens and a daughter in her 20s.3. His son, who attends Burlington High School, reportedly broke into the Burlington Country Club to steal alcohol.4. He has a compulsion about recycling. He conducts regular recycling inspections of his staffs’ wastebaskets.5. He insists that all the paper in his office be printed on both sides.6. When he was governor of Vermont, he drove his own car and pumped his own gas.7. His wife calls him “Howie.”8. He once wore his old prom tuxedo to one of Bill Clinton’s White House state dinners. Dean coughed, his pants split in two and he had to be escorted out of the White House by state troopers covering his posterior.9. His musical tastes run the range from Outkast, Wyclef Jean to Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead.10. He has been known to duct tape his shoes together.11. He met his wife at the UVM Medical School.12. His wife is an OB-GYN.13. When he was governor of Vermont, he successfully paid off the inherited $70 million deficit.14. He worked on a cattle ranch in Florida when he was a teenager.15. His father encouraged him to become an investment broker and Dean worked for a year on Wall Street. He hated it because, as he said, “I was too cautious with other people’s money.”16. After Wall Street and before going to medical school, Dean was a ski bum in Colorado for a year. There, he built the cabin he lived in.