A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN
INTERVIEWER: Bruce, at school, you discovered you had a natural
talent for art.
BRUCE: Yes, I inherited my dad's gift for drawing. I wanted to do
representational art; paint portraits. But every college I went to -
and there were three who accepted me - ail the college tutors said,
'Forget representational art, get a single lens reflex 33-millimetre
camera, hit the shutter, crash, there's your picture. Not even
Rembrandt could get that accuracy, so it's not worth it.'
INTERVIEWER: And you believed them?
BRUCE: I did. That was my biggest mistake. I haven't picked up a
INTERVIEWER: How did your father react, when you told him you
weren't going to art college?
BRUCE: His face was white with rage. He said, 'Right, that's it. You
could have made something of going to college. You won't get another
chance. Now I've got a perfectly good job for you on the factory
floor. You start this week - take it or leave it.' I said, 'No, I'm
going to start a business next.' He said, 'Well, at your own
INTERVIEWER: He refused to support you any more?
BRUCE: That's it, and so...