SINGAPORE - I met Arnold Gay once a long time ago.
I was still working at MediaCorp and he was the hunky Channel NewsAsia news reader.
It was Lisa Ang who introduced me to Gay, though I can't recall who introduced me to Ang.
Ang was a Channel NewsAsia host at the time but had previously hosted the Channel 5 infotainment series Hey Singapore and played VR Man's cap-wearing tomboy girlfriend.
Anyway, back to Gay.
What struck me about him was that he seemed like a remarkably well-adjusted guy for someone whose surname is the equivalent to being born with a "Kick me" sign permanently pasted on his back.
So he's the last person I expect to be in the centre of a controversy.
Before this month, possibly the most controversial thing he did was burning his bridges at MediaCorp by jumping ship to join the newly formed (and now defunct) SPH MediaWorks in 2000.
Then two Saturdays ago, he burned something else.
On Oct 5, Gay, now a Kiss92 radio DJ, reenacted his own mini Singaporean version of Fahrenheit 451 by getting his 12-year-old son and his son's friends to throw their schoolwork into a bonfire to celebrate the end of the stressful Primary School Leaving Exams (PSLE).
I've never read the Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451 about book-burning or seen the movie. But I have seen the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore and that's close enough.
After Kiss92 posted a picture of Gay's flaming stunt on its Facebook page, Gay got flamed himself for such inflammatory behaviour.