Biography of Christopher Sabec: Part III

Christopher Sabec Gary HeartChristopher Sabec’s love of music and concerts took root in school projects. The first live concert he attended was Heart and he was immediately hooked. Starting with the first summer that he could drive, and throughout his high school years, he subscribed to the concert series at the local amphitheater for a pair of lawn tickets and attended every concert he could make time for including Tom Petty, Neil Young, the Cars, Pat Benatar, The Tubes, Journey, The Who, Rush, The Police, The Go-Gos, Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen.

Academically, Christopher was a strong student in high school, gravitating towards English and social sciences. His parents generously made it known from an early age that they were more than happy to send him to college. The question for him was never whether he would go to college, but where – his goal being to find a place where he could focus on his strong political interests. As he completed the application his senior year, the choice came down to the University of Virginia or Georgetown University.

He entered Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in the fall of 1983, majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Theology. The School of Foreign Service is an undergraduate school dedicated to preparing its students for internationally oriented careers, with an emphasis on diplomacy. Not surprisingly, the Washington, D.C. campus ended up being the ideal environment for his interest in politics to grow and much of his education came outside the classroom.

Early in his first year, he has the opportunity to hear Gary Hart speak. At the time, Heart was a Senator from Colorado and long shot presidential candidate. Hart’s speech inspired Christopher and he found himself volunteering to help with his campaign. By winter break, he was working every day at Heart’s cramped campaign headquarters above a Chinese restaurant near the Capitol. Within a few weeks Christopher ventured to New Hampshire, campaigning door-to-door for the primary, which Heart went on to win in an upset over Walter Mondale. With the win came a lot of national exposure and the campaign eventually came down to a two-man race between Hart and Mondale. Christopher soon found himself working directly under Heart’s fundraising chief, as well as coordinating the field in Virginia. On the fundraising side, Christopher spent a great deal of time organizing a series of cocktail parties and concerts hosted by Stephen King and Carole King. Billed as A Night with Two Kings, these events successfully introduced Hart to political donors across the county. Back in Virginia, Christopher was elected a delegate to the Virginia State Democratic Convention. He was 19 at the time and one of the youngest delegates at the convention.