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60 seconds with Gary Silverman

How long have you worked at the FT?

I will have been at the FT for 12 years this November.

What made you want to be a journalist?

Reading and watching good journalism.

Your greatest scoop?

I won a SABEW award in 2000 for breaking the news of PaineWebber’s sale to UBS.

Most bizarre part of your journalism career?

Back in the 80s when I was at UPI, I was working the overnight shift, sleeping during the day and working at night (which is bizarre in itself). One time, I left work and literally bumped into the not-yet-famous Oprah Winfrey at 5:30 in the morning on the street. She was on her way to work and I was just leaving. That was definitely one bizarre moment.

Vision for your team/department/the company?

“Serious journalism for serious people”

Top three tips for success?

1) Work Hard
2) Be nice to people around you
3) Don’t forget to turn out the lights when you leave the office

First CD/tape/vinyl that you bought?

It was a 45 RPM record of the Beatles’ single “Help!” that I bought after seeing the movie as a kid.

Recommend a book?

Facing Unpleasant Facts: Narrative Essays, Complete Works of George Orwell

Most embarrassing moment?

I refer you to the 5th Amendment.

Biggest fear?

It’d be a jinx to bring it up.

If you were Prime Minister/President for a day, what would you do?

I’d provide Schav for the poor.

Motto for life?

Let’s go Mets!

Tell us a joke…

How many surrealists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A fish.

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