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5 minute interview: Trevor Cole, business development director, Eclipse Computing

Trevor Cole, business development director, Eclipse Computing

What have you got in your pockets?
Loose change and a comb.

Who would you most like to have a date with?
Catherine Zeta Jones, Kate Winslet and Maggie Thatcher.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Wealthy.

How did you get into the IT industry?
Luck.

What's your favourite chat-up line?
The classic: Me: "You look a lot like my second wife."
Female: "How many times have you been married?"
Me: "Just the once."
Or: Would you like to get to know me on a completely new level?

What do you do to relax?
I have a long workout at the gym or play sport.

What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you?
It involved having a conversation which included a series of very frank and direct comments about a particular person whom, I discovered afterwards, was standing right behind me!

What's your favourite song and why?
"You do something to me" by Paul Weller. It has sentimental value because it was bought for me by my partner.

What's your favourite place and why?
My parents' place. I always feel at home there; comfortable and at peace.

If you had a dinner party and could invite anyone, dead or alive, who would you invite and why?
Jimmy Tarbuck, Bob Hope, Mick Jagger, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jean Simmons, Winston Churchill - and all of my friends (they know who they are).

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Buy a property in a nice warm location... so not in this country.

If you could make a voodoo doll of someone, who would it be?
Jeremy Beadle.

MicroScope is 20 years old this year, what were you doing 20 years ago?
Twenty years ago, I was working in my first IT sales job at Freight Computer Services, supplying Fleet Management and associated financial systems. The main solutions supplied were on Honeywell DPS6 computers and unlike today it was the hardware that made up most of the cost. It was also a good time to get involved in the industry, just before IT became available to medium-sized as well as large companies. This opened the floodgates for these businesses to thrive.

What's your best quality?
I enjoy most people's company.

What's your most annoying habit?
Making fun of everyone... constantly.

Favourite joke?
It's one by Tommy Cooper:
A man takes his brother to see a doctor. He says to the doctor: "My brother's really ill."

The doctor tells him: "No, he just thinks he's ill."

So the man takes his brother home. A week goes by and he is still not any better.

The man takes his brother back to see the doctor and says: "My brother's getting worse." Again the doctor examines him and says: "No, he just thinks he's ill."

The man takes his brother back home again.

The following week he goes back to see the doctor on his own and the doctor asks: "Where's your brother?"

The man replies: "Oh, now he thinks he's dead."

Boom, Boom!

What most annoys you?
People who lie.

Who is your biggest hero/heroine?
Mohammed Ali. I can't wait to see what sort of job they make of the movie about his life.

What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
I took on the European Kick Boxing Champion in 1991. I was knocked out in the first round and had my head fractured.

How would you like to die and what would you choose as your epitaph?
I'd like to die in my sleep having lived a really good life. My epitaph would be: "To achieve immortality you first have to live a life worth remembering."

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This was first published in February 2002

 

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