Re: What got you started playing drums?
Music: Late 60's California scene (Byrds, Mamas and Papas, Doors, CCR, Jefferson Airplane, Beach Boys, etc), British Invasion, and 70's Outlaw Country (all my dad's favorite music is what got me into listening to the drummer). Later, Stewart Copeland and Max Weinberg (I thought his close up on the "Born in the USA" video was the greatest).
Drummer: My cousin who was in a regional touring band in the mid 80's, and let me help set up and do a soundcheck with the band when they were in town. He also gave me my first Speed King and Ludwig snare (a COW student model, but much better that what I had at the time).
Style: I am a simple rock drummer, no more or less. I do appreciate all styles of music though, especially prog rock and jazz. Just because I can't do it doesn't mean that I don't like it.
Inspiration: Anytime I get a chance to go watch live music, regardless of the style, I go because I know that I will learn something by watching the drummer. It never fails.