Friday, June 29, 2012

Don Pinkleton: The Most Interesting Man in the World?

I really love the Dos Equis commercials about "the most interesting man in the world." You know the one played by the Kenny Rogers-like, 1970's era bearded gentleman (played by actor Jonathan Goldsmith) who tells us at the end, "I don't always drink beer, but when I do I prefer Dos Equis. Well Jonathan, move over 'cause you've got competition.

Today's interview is with Don Pinkleton. If he's not the most interesting man in the world, he certainly has to be "the most interesting CPA in the world."

Click here to listen to the podcast.

What else can I say about a man who writes musical comedy, directs plays, acts, plays the guitar, developed a new genre of music fusing called reggae and county, volunteers in his church, and can carry on an intelligent conversation about astrophysics, quantum mechanics, AND fishing?

Don has been a student of creativity and fusion (a process in which two or more distinct genres or disciplines are fused together to create totally new ideas) his whole life. In this interview, he tells us about a thought experiment he did in which he imagined Bob Marley and Hank Williams meeting in heaven and planning to jam together in the ultimate concert. The result of this thought experiment is one of the most interesting pieces of music that you'll ever hear. Don was kind enough to provide a recording for this post. Click here to listen to Don's tune. (File will open with Windows Media Player).

He also tells us in this podcast that his passion for the arts has helped him create new and innovative solutions for his tax clients by identifying the proper focus and searching for alternatives.

When I asked him what is his favorite book,  he told me it’s the next one that he reads. Although he did tell me that Systemantrics, The Underground Text of Systems Lore by John Gail was an absolutely phenomenal read.

Please enjoy the interview. Stay curious, my friends. . .
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