is the most repeated question in your interviews?
They usually ask me what is the most dangerous place or when were you
most scared. Journos want to go for the "ultimate" to avoid
doing the basic questioning that would help them better understand.
The most dangerous place depends on many things but I usually tell them
that when I was in Grozny with the Chechen rebels during the Russian
siege. Observers counted around 7000 impacts an hour (Stalingrad was
around 6000 and much bigger city). So that is the only quantified measurement
of danger I have found.
has attending St. John's shaped and helped prepare you for your future
It taught me that hardship is a part of everyday life and there really
are no limits to learning or growth.
marriage and having a family to come home to the "ultimate
defense" for traveling to dangerous places?
a normal life I think I would be considered abnormal. I think
that is one reason why I can be so rational and maybe even thoughtful
about being in war zones.
has luck helped you stay alive? In Uganda, after surviving a bombing
in a place where you were in just minutes ago, do you feel that something
made you get up and leave or do you attribute this to "just" luck? How
much of this is a kind of "instinct" and is this kind of gut feeling
something you've learned to trust?
Luck is an intangible but a statistical reality. You can't really call
being targeted for a bomb attack lucky (maybe if I had won the lottery!).
I think you also develop an instinct for human nature and can sense
when there is something wrong. Of course you are only allowed one mistake.
the dangerous travels, you worked in marketing. Is it true you were
involved in the launch of the Macintosh?
as a Designer/producer for multimedia companies that did product launches.
Apple hired us to launch the Lisa first and then when I changed companies
Apple hired me to work on the launch of the Macintosh. I worked directly
with Steve Jobs and the Apple team but obviously I can't take any credit
for the hardware or concept. Jobs and I are very similar in temperament,
age and outlook so we butted heads nicely.
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