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The Fool: What product would you like to see us offer at FoolMart -- www.foolmart.com -- our online store?
BruceBrown: A baseball cap that actually fit. The one I have is so small it looks like a Yarmulke with a bill on it when I wear it. For that matter - the thing is too small on my 11 year old son as well.

Big heads need big hats. ;-)
The Fool: What on Wall Street today is most suited for reform?
BruceBrown: The weak coffee.
The Fool: What's your greatest athletic achievement? Little League champ? Ran a marathon? Did 4 consecutive sit-ups?
BruceBrown: I was on a Little League championship team in the early 70's (as probably the worst player on the team). I did run the NYC marathon (even Tony Randall beat me in that one). I have done 4 consecutive sit-ups (I think it was at some point back in the 80's). I'm now up to doing the same number of sit-ups each day as my age.<BR><BR>I guess I have not yet achieved it unless you count holding a two year old on one hip, changing the diaper of a baby with the other hand while talking on the cordless phone and answering the door all at the same time.
The Fool: What's the best product you use that most people don't know about?
BruceBrown: I have to mention three products.<BR><BR>Head World Cup i.SL slalom racing skis.<BR>Surly Karate Monkey bicycle frame.<BR><BR>The 3rd is of course one word: Bose
The Fool: What has been your best work experience, and what made it so great?
BruceBrown: I would have to say almost any outdoor production of an opera. Working in the open air - and not the confines of the theatre - allows for some special effects that add to the optical illusion. Many things which cannot be achieved in the theatre such as unusual lighting, use of space, fire on stage, stunts, etc... . Combine all of that with what seems like an added dimension of the creativity not being 'confined' to the innards of a theatre and the work experience becomes a pleasure. I suppose it seems that way simply by reasoning of the artistic team being able to combine their talents and 'stretch' the normal operatic experience. My most memorable was an outdoor production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" that I sang in Vienna in the mid 90's. Stuntmen, fire, smoke, the stage built within Roman ruins, trap doors, water on stage, a plunge of 40 feet to my character's death at the end of the opera and all the creativity that went with the entire team. The stunt team and special effects team were from the movie industry and it was fun to mix the traditional technical staff of an opera company with that of an experienced, special effects movie crew. <BR><BR>I'm sure, had Mozart seen it, he would have approved because Don Giovanni's descent into hell at the end of the opera involed my character - after being lit on fire - jumping off a 40 foot high balcony into a pit of fire that blasted a 60 foot high flame and explosion timed with the music. The blast was so strong, that every member in the audience felt the heat and gasped during each performance at that moment. Impossible to design such a special effect in the confines of an opera house.
The Fool: Is there someone to whom you'd like to say 'Thank You,' but never had the chance?
BruceBrown: Why not say thank you to David and Tom Gardner for this wonderful thing called The Motley Fool?<BR><BR>Kudos, bravos and thanks for previous as well as continued success to you guys and the Fool crew as the business model evolves. Hats off to those on the Fool crew who were released after their dedicated service. Thanks for all that you gave and all the best for future endeavors.
The Fool: What's your favorite activity (within the realm of good taste)?
BruceBrown: Cooking for my family. Believe me - it's all in good taste. Not really an 'activity', but when we sit down and light the candles to enjoy the meal - it's a fun event. Although I work like a bull in the kitchen and it's best to stay out of my way, I love the prep work, the cooking, the meal and the clean up afterwards. Forget about recipes! I never use one. Who needs 'em? The only problem comes when people ask "How did you make that? What's in it?" I never do the same exact thing twice which is the foundation of my cooking and pleasure.<BR><BR>Other than that, it's playing baseball, basketball or football with my son. He's good and the old man learned when to duck long ago. Family visits to the zoo are always enjoyable and we do enjoy lots of cycling, hiking, skiing, tennis, playing chess and ping pong.
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