Paul Gustafson graduated from Peninsula High School and later attended Seattle University.
Paul made his mark as a baseball and softball umpire in Pierce County, calling balls and strikes in innumerable games throughout his career. Not only did "Gus" umpire state, regional, and district championships in baseball and fastpitch but he also plied his trade at the collegiate level as well. He also played slowpitch in the 1970s with Durobilt Furniture, one of the top contenders in the highly competitive Western Washington League.
Paul was a prolific collector of sports memorabilia, starting at the age of 10 when his father began subscribing to The Sporting News. Ultimately, he collected Sporting News baseball guides for every year dating back to 1903. Among his collection were a 1914 World Series program and books on just about every sports subject known to man. Many of these books were autographed first editions, some going back to the turn of the century. He knew quality and he knew what was rare.
Paul attended many antique and sports memorabilia shows and enjoyed browsing through bookstores looking for that one little gem.