D. Nathan Baliva

Nathan Baliva
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Full Name: Dominic Nathan Baliva

Born: February 20, 1978 St. John's Hospital Springfield, Illinois

Parents: Dominic Alan and Juliana Baliva

Siblings: Zachary Alan Baliva (b. 1981)

Childhood: Lived in Springfield, Illinois (the State Capital) from 1978-1986; Family built a house in the "new" Quail Meadows subdivision in Chatham, Illinois (10 miles south of Springfield) and we moved in July 1986. My parents still reside in that gray house while my brother is in his senior year as a film student at Columbia College in Chicago and has started his own production company, Crosseyed Pictures, and writes, directs and produces his own short films.

Family heritage: Both of my parents were born in raised in Springfield, IL. On my dad's side, my grandpa Mario was born in Celano, Italy in 1912 and soon immigrated to the US. My grandma Grace was born in Rochester, New York and moved to Springfield, IL in 1939 after marrying Mario. On my mom's side, Dennis Barrick grew up in Fairland, IL (near Champaign) and married Marvene Thompson in 1938 before serving in the US Navy during WW II.

Schools attended: Little Flower Parish, Springfield, IL (k-4); Ball Elementary, Chatham, IL (5th); Glenwood Junior High School, Chatham, IL (6-8); Chatham Glenwood High School, Chatham, IL (1996 grad)

Colleges: Marquette University, Milwaukee Wisconsin, 1996-2000 graduated May 22, 2000 with a degree in Broadcast and Electronic Communication with a minor in Marketing.

Also spent Fall 1999 studying at St. Clare's in Oxford, England.

Currently in my third semester as a Sports Communication Graduate Student at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

Favorite Foods: Pepperoni and Bacon pizza (no sauce), Grandma Grace's homemade lasagna, Doritos, steak

Hobbies: Sports statistics, Watching sports on TV, Law & Order, The Simpsons, collecting autographs and other sports memorabilia, traveling, movies, putting together model cars/airplanes reading (James Patterson, Robert Ludlum), World War II.

These are my favorite sports teams

  1. St. Louis Cardinals
  2. Green Bay Packers
  3. Marquette Golden Eagles
  4. Chicago Bulls
  5. Florida Gators
  6. Manchester United
  7. So. Illinois Salukis basketball
  8. North Carolina Tarheels

These are my favorite athletes

Favorite basketball player
Michael Jordan
Favorite baseball player
Albert Pujols
Favorite tennis player
Andre Agassi
Favorite Soccer player
David Beckham
Favorite Football player
Brett Favre
Favorite Misc. Athlete
Lance Armstrong

These are my favorite movies, I can watch any of them at anytime, or all the time

  1. Rocky I-IV (Rocky V does not exist)
  2. Top Gun
  3. 8 Seconds
  4. Godfather I & II
  5. Star Wars (all 5, any of the 5, but Return of the Jedi is the best)
  6. Michael Collins
  7. Space Jam
  8. Field Of Dreams
  9. The Natural
  10. Hoosiers
  11. Caddyshack

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