NAME: Joseph I. Lieberman.
AGE: 60. Born Feb. 24, 1942.
CURRENT RESIDENCE: New Haven.
RELIGION: Jewish (Modern Orthodox).
EDUCATION: Stamford High School, Yale University (B.A.,1964), Yale Law School (1967).
CAREER: Connecticut state senator, 1971-81; state attorney general, 1983-89; U.S. Senate 1989 to present.
FAMILY: He and his wife, Hadassah, have one daughter, (Hana). He has two children from a previous marriage (Matthew and Rebecca). She has a son from a previous marriage (Ethan).
LIKES: UConn basketball (men's and women's); the Yankees; visiting his mother, Marcia, in her old family home in Stamford; V-chips; cookie dough ice cream (occasionally sprinkled with M&Ms); talking with Don Imus; telling jokes, like this recent one on campaign finance reform: ``I've turned to biotechnology, and I'm asking Pfizer [creator of Viagra] to turn soft money into hard money.''
DISLIKES: toy guns; trashy TV shows; political labels; ``gangsta rap''; Jerry Springer.
DOES: pushups before a big speech (gets the blood going); have an occasional beer; jog (almost every day); stick to decaf; eat tuna sandwiches and salads for lunch.
DOESN'T: play golf; drink much; socialize a lot; loosen his tie; have a favorite vacation spot beyond the Connecticut shoreline.
FRIENDS: include UConn basketball coaches Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma; U.S. Circuit Judge Jose A. Cabranes; U.S. District Judge Dominic J. Squatrito.
HEROES: Abraham Ribicoff, the late unabashed liberal Connecticut governor and senator; Robert F. Kennedy; Joe DiMaggio.
AUTHOR: Five books on public policy - two on Connecticut politics, one on child support issues and one on nuclear weapons. His newest book, ``In Praise of Public Life'' (2000), is a spirited defense of public life that draws on personal experience.