by the Pattaya Interrogator
A bit about me: Born London, 1935, educated public school and failed exams miserably. Enjoyed National Service, RAMC in Egypt. Gave up college to go into commerce and notched up forty odd years in Sales and Marketing. Best move was into Ad Agencies mid sixties starting with Masius Wynne-Williams, then J. Walter Thompson and McCann-Erickson early seventies. First Board appointment 1973 at McCanns. Own agency 1981, subsequently bought by Saatchi & Saatchi in 1986. Quit their Board 1988 to semi-retire into consultancy, and run the major Charity Pro-Am on the PGA European tour for former client, Tesco UK. Most exciting (and demanding) career clients: Tesco; Martini & Rossi; Guinness; Carreras Rothmans; and most of the others! They say that things go in cycles, and that has certainly happened here.
PI: How are you and the world getting along?
MF: Which world? I moved out of the real world seven years ago, but we do okay!
PI: How long have you known Pattaya?
MF: Have been here seven years – have started to really know it about two years ago.
PI: Where is your spiritual home?
MF: Should be the Wat in Ampur Khong near Banjobs’ family home; actually it’s in my office at Chainmai Villa
PI: What CD are you most proud of in your collection?
MF: September of My Years – Frank Sinatra
PI: How are you at cooking for yourself?
MF: Terrific – all down to Preparation, doing it, presentation accompanied by a bottle of wine and a Negroni to start it all off.
PI: Are you happy in your career?
MF: Yes. Retirement is a joke, and a short cut to old age and the bottle. What I do I enjoy, but making sure that the family is part of it.
PI: If you had to take over somebody else’s life, who would you pick?
MF: Tiger Woods or the Mayor of Pattaya.
PI: What are you like in the bathroom?
MF: Quiet and usually alone.
PI: What is it about you that is the most controversial?
MF: I am an Arian and an impulsive decision maker.
PI: When was the last time you cried at a movie?
MF: Kramer vs. Kramer - It was a family breakup film with Dustin Hoffman (an ad executive looking after the young son, with difficulty) and Meryl Streep. Very sad. I don’t know about crying, but it made me cringe.
PI: If you could have a dinner party with 4 people from the present or the past who would you invite?
MF: Payne Stewart, Jacqueline Bisset, Cleo Laine and Harold MacMillan
PI: Where are you coming from & where are you going?
MF: Sixty-six years on record is where I’ve come from. Intend to go as far on as possible and at least long enough to see my three year old daughter, Samm, grow into a young woman.
Copyright 2001 Pattaya Mail Publishing Co. Ltd.