We sat down with one of our fellow team members, Paul Petersky, to learn more about him. As head of Stealth Insights, Paul dives deep into research for our clients, but we found out there’s a musical side to Paul as well. Check out this video of him tickling the ivories.
1. What song best describes your work ethic?
Taking Care of Business (Bachman Turner Overdrive). An oldie, but goodie.
2. Who is the most overrated author of all time and why?
Norman Mailer. As one colleague put it after his death in 2007: “Mailer as King of the Universe. Mailer as knowing egomaniac. Mailer as hyper-masculine creature of the day and night. Mailer who never listened to anybody but himself. Mailer who, if he considered your work, did it because he wanted you to know he was Mailer and that you were not Mailer. Mailer the sexist pig who got his ass whooped by Germaine Greer. I remember seeing him interviewed on television and thought he, too, was a pretentious ass.
3. If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?
Some exotic name from the Old Testament, like Josiah or Jehosaphat, that might strike up a conversation. In the Old Testament, Jehosephat is the fourth king of Judah, noted for having a generally peaceful and prosperous reign.
4. What do you pretend to hate but actually love?
People Magazine. It’s the first pub I grab when waiting at the dentist office. Shhh, don’t tell anyone that I actually keep track of Hollywood gossip.
5. You were given a yacht. What would you name it?
Emily. Not sure why this name came first to mind, other than the name is classic and elegant – both attributes of a yacht I would be delighted to own.
6. What’s the corniest joke you know?
“Why didn’t the toilet paper cross the road? It got stuck in a crack.” In general, I’m terrible at remembering jokes unless they are somewhat inappropriate to be told at the dinner table.
7. What is your favorite thing about your job?
Finding concrete answers to my client’s questions – especially when they reveal one of those “ah-ha moments.”
And as a bonus, Paul wanted to leave us with this nugget from Pulp Fiction:
Three tomatoes are walking down the street, a poppa tomato, a momma tomato, and a little baby tomato. Baby tomato starts lagging behind. Poppa tomato gets angry, goes over to the baby tomato, and smooshes him and says ‘Catch up.