When you interview someone you have to share with them something of yourself. You must establish some common ground and have a conversation, not an inquisition. Humor helps. Empathy is helpful. And some measure of sympathy is helpful, if you can muster it.
Some of the people in these articles are terribly famous. There are some household names. Others are merely preeminent in their chosen professions and may be something of a mystery to you. Some of them were more forthcoming than others. It seems to me that anyone has a story to tell, if you will let them tell it and if you will listen and if you have enough time.
These people, many of them icons in their field, certainly have many stories to tell. Some of them you will feel as if you already know. Others will be new to you. Some will be of more interest automatically than others. All of them were fascinating to me. If you are as curious as I am about what makes the world go round and what makes people tick, then you have come to the right place.
Unfortunately, most of these interviews were limited in time. Some of them were as short as 30 minutes or less. Others went as long as two hours or more. Most of them were interviewed in person, but a couple of them were interviewed on Skype.
The constraints of publication in magazines or newspapers required a limitation of words, especially mine. While I prefer the essay/profile, the subject’s words took precedence here, except in a few places, and limited my commentary, my providing of background information.
Thankfully the internet allows you, the reader, to Google to your heart’s content. What follows is my humble attempt in a limited time and space to get to the heart of the subject, the man himself. So here they are, a series of interviews, with like them or love them, extraordinary people.
I hope you enjoy reading these pieces as much as I enjoyed doing them.
W R Richardsson