By Peter @Newton Bell, October 23, 2016
Mickey Fulp is the Mercenary Geologist. He is active in the junior mining community with his own site, on twitter, and many other places online and in the real world. You can listen to a recent interview with him on the Northern Miner podcast here.
I contacted Mickey to suggest the idea of an interview for CEO.CA and he was willing to give it a chance. He knew me from the Morality & Capitalism Conference, so was willing to give me the benefit of the doubt. I am glad he did because we had a great conversation that I will release in three parts as “An Afternoon with Mickey Fulp”.
To begin: the Proust Questionnaire.
1.What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect only happens when you keep score.
2.What is your greatest fear?
Socio-facist authority in America.
3.What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Deploring oneself is not a productive mental activity.
4.What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Dishonesty is a trait that I do not appreciate.
5.Which living person do you most admire?
Dr. Ron Paul is a person that I admire.
6.What is your greatest extravagance?
Extravagance is an act that one cannot afford. I am not an extravagant person.
7.What is your current state of mind?
My mind is currently quite busy.
8.What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
By definition, a virtue cannot be overrated. Opinions can differ over what constitutes a virtue.
9.On what occasion do you lie?
I will lie to those who maliciously intend to harm those that I love.
10.What do you most dislike about your appearance?
11.Which living person do you most despise?
Billary and his/her husband/wife.
12.What is the quality you most like in a man?
Honesty and happiness.
13.What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Honesty and happiness.
14.Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I say "uh" too much in live interviews.
15.What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My significant other.
16.When and where were you happiest?
The time I met and began to know my significant other.
17.Which talent would you most like to have?
That of a professional baseball player.
18.If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I am what I am, and that's all that I am -- said Popeye the sailor man.
19.What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My branding as the Mercenary Geologist.
20.If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Answering that question would require belief and, as you know, I am not a believer.
21.Where would you most like to live?
22.What is your most treasured possession?
My significant other's love for me.
23.What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
If a person commits suicide.
24.What is your favorite occupation?
25.What is your most marked characteristic?
26.What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty, loyalty, and happiness.
27.Who are your favorite writers?
American classical and pulp crime novelists.
28.Who is your hero of fiction?
29.Which historical figure do you most identify with?
30.Who are your heroes in real life?
Mickey Mantle was my hero as a kid.
31.What are your favorite names?
Those of the people I love.
32.What is it that you most dislike?
33.What is your greatest regret?
Regret is not a productive mental activity.
34.How would you like to die?
Doing that which makes me happy.
35.What is your motto?
Do not tread on me and I will not tread on you.
Peter: Thank you, thank you, thank you. I enjoyed those answers very much.
Mickey: Thank you. I'm sorry I actually thought about them, but that's kind of my style.
Peter: Absolutely. I think that people who know you will see you shining through in those brief answers very clearly. And I think people who don’t know you will be intrigued!
You can find an audio recording of the interview here. Stay tuned for the next part of my afternoon with Mickey, where we discuss some of his 'rules of thumb' for investing in junior resource companies available on his site here.