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SoCoOL "The Bull"
What is a SoCoOL Interview?
SoCoOL Bob
It's a great many things. A part of the design is to interview ANYONE, of any background, age, or experience, about their successes. What are the moments in their lives when they've demonstrated to themselves, and/or others, their greatest successes, their greatest achievements?
SoCoOL "The Bull"
And what's significant about that?
SoCoOL Bob
At least a couple of things. One, it's marvelous to sort of see a persons life unfold, as described by their moments of greatest achievement. Each is unique ... and ... if you really care about human being - ness ... then a vital part of the lives of each of us, is our achievements.
SoCoOL "The Bull"
What's another significance?
SoCoOL Bob
It can be an important "exercise", to review our own successess, and the success of others, as a method of building self esteem, self confidence, enthusiasm, for a desired success ahead.
SoCoOL "The Bull"
Is there any other significance?
SoCoOL Bob
An image of how success happens can help generate more successes.
SoCoOL "The Bull"
Are you successful?
SoCoOL Bob
Funny you should ASK. Jon and I were just speaking about that as I shared with him the idea that I might introduce the first SoCoOL Interview by interviewing SoCoOL Bob. He wanted to know, yeah, but ... are you successful? Good question I guess, if success is a destination then SoCoOL Bob may not have arrived at his highest destination. Not different from many others, I'm sure. I have had several "successes" and hope for more.
SoCoOL "The Bull"
Yeah ... but does SoCoOL Bob have a lot of money?
SoCoOL Bob
You got it "Bull." An awful lot of us measure success, ourselves and others, by how much money we have. From that standpoint, No, SoCoOL Bob is a long way from being wealthy. Course ... (1) I "ain't done yet, and (2) I think it's very "dangerous" to measure "success" ... oneself or anyones, by how much money or property they have or don't have. Success is about going from point (a) to point (b) and not a snapshot of ones possessions.

Success from my point of view has more to do with the process of life ... seeing myself in a different role ... performing in a "different way" ... and then improving upon my performance as I experience successes and failures. That's me ... that's my particular version of what success is ... BUT ... in terms of experiencing the success of others ... I find it important to walk that particular mile "in their shoes," recognizing that it's totally acceptable that each of us might define success differently. The EXCITING test to me is the notion that if it were somehow possible for each of us to begin to appreciate and encourage the success of others, we'd have an extremely different place than the one we seem to have now.

Since I know you're wanting to do your job ... you should be asking me if there's a particular incident in my life that most demonstrated a personal success ... and if so what is it?

SoCoOL "The Bull"
Cool !!!
SoCoOL Bob
SoCoOL !!!

I think I might be tempted to select this one ... the publishing of SoCoOL ... Sonoma County ONLINE. SoCoOL has generated a number of visitors ... a reasonable amount of recognition ... it has staked out a small claim on the INTERNET and I suspect it will improve. As the product of "a couple of guys" and our enthusiastic participants we "ain't done bad." I confess I would like to see SoCoOL be capable of generating more income, but I'm committed to the principle that 85% of the purpose and content of SoCoOL shouldn't be "marketing" .... that the 15% should prosper would be excellent. I suspect that may come.

I have found the "process" of developing, hopefully, "really good", human relations type interaction ... using this vehicle is significantly different than, for example, producing a television show. You can generate some pretty instant reaction from a significant segment of the population, just by running your program frequently enough over a 90 to 120 day period. Forgive me for speaking "demographically," but with the right "frequency" you can generate 80 to 90% recognition in that period of time, using, for example, "cable." Give it that long, and "everybody" will know it's there.

Telling somebody to watch your TV Show at 7:30 Tuesday Night, and having them be able to watch, is a lot easier to get done, than type This is changing .... rapidly, but the demographics are still, not yet, the same.

That's not the way the INTERNET works. In the first place, there isn't anything like 80% of the population able to access your information. There may be something like 20% or 30% or 40% who have "easy access" to the INTERNET ... but there isn't anything like that who can really "access" what you're doing. They're coming .... they'll get there ... and most of what we produce can remain ONLINE. Each visit still becomes a momentary best of SoCoOL ... Sonoma County ONLINE, and many visitors will return.

Interestingly enough, to me at least, is that it doesn't change the purpose of communicating. This is, afterall, another, albeit newer, method of communication. A method that can be two way, and indeed, multi-way, because of the ability to transfer pictures and files ... communicate with many more than one person ... broadcast using video and sound. In some situations it may be faster and/or more convenient than any other method, in others it "may" be slower to get the word out ... but, it gets the word out, none the less, and that means that anybody, including Bill Gates, might respond to your EMail. I'm hoping to demonstrate this principle once again, with a particular EMail request.

SoCoOL "The Bull"
You got something up your sleeve?
SoCoOL Bob
You could say that.
SoCoOL "The Bull"
You going to tell us what it is?
SoCoOL Bob
O.J. Simpson.

SoCoOL "The Bull"

O.J. Simpson? What about him?
SoCoOL Bob
I'd like to invite O.J. Simpson to do a "SoCoOL Interview."
SoCoOL "The Bull"
What for?
SoCoOL Bob
Well, he said he did the interview in England, cause they invited him.
So, I guess he'll do it ???
I suppose you can guarantee that it would make some people really unhappy ... that's unfortunate. If O.J. really wants to build his "self esteem" ... his "self image" .... and .... since he would like, to improve his "public image" .... the Number One way I can think of ... is to do a "SoCoOL Interview."
SoCoOL "The Bull"
Sometimes I think, YOU'RE SoCoOL "The Bull"?

Simpson Consents To Interview
Simpson Cancels Interview
Simpsons TV Interview
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Send EMail To O.J. Himself ... Let Me Know If You Get Through
To Be Continued

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So ... SoCoOL Bob ... tell us a little about yourself.
SoCoOL Bob ... ( Generously plagiarized from a recent piece of SoCoOL's mail :)
I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row, and I once blew a bubble bigger than the Goodyear Blimp.

I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook = Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, an outlaw in Peru, and a car salesperson in Santa Rosa, California.

Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants, while simultaneously crushing 10,000 tarantulas with my teeth.

I play bluegrass cello. I was scouted by the Mets. I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, I repair electrical appliances free of charge. I sell, quite successfully, $100.00 yo-yos.

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Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear, and my "Amboy Duke" sweatshirts.

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My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me. I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening.

I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket.

I have performed several covert operations with the CIA.

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I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid.

On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami.

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