How to Choose?
On a summer weekend, when the Cascios were expecting their elder son, Paul, to show up at the family's beach home with a guest, in he strode, with — 15 friends? "Mom, Mom," he said beguilingly, "how could we choose?"
Mr. Cascio, 23, was the tour director for a flotilla of friends, who followed in his wake on adventures around the world. Happily spending every penny he earned, Mr. Carpe Diem, a proud denizen of downtown Manhattan, went scuba diving in Fiji and skiing wherever the air smelled of snow. He flew to Los Angeles and Dublin, just to see U2 concerts. A friend would mention a half-idea of a trip and Mr. Cascio, a newly minted vice president at Euro Brokers, would reply, "Done! We're doing it!"
He was blunt. He played pranks that were hilarious but annoying. Impatient, he always arrived early. But he also beamed solicitous concern on friends and relatives. When his parents were separating, he called his mother, Janet, every morning for six months: "Let's plan your day. What will make you happy?"
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 1, 2002.