back in my advertising days
i often had to find answers to odd questions of all kinds
as there was no google then
when i exhausted all possible avenues
(asking 2 or 3 random people in my office)
i knew there was a place i could go to find someone
who would unfailingly find an answer to my questions
i dialed up the local phone number
of the woman sitting at a desk in the detroit public library
who held the very interesting and important position of
‘chief and brilliant question answerer/researcher’
(or some such title as i imagined it to be)
she answered my call
when i asked in all seriousness:
“did gumby (of gumby and pokey fame), have a nose?”
she did not waver or judge and said she would research it and get back to me asap
true to her word she returned my call within the hour with this report:
she could confirm
that gumby did indeed, have a nose
client crisis averted
just another moment in her day and i wish this position still existed.
“i used to think i knew all the answers.
then i thought knew maybe a few of the answers.
now I’m not even sure I understand the questions.
nobody knows anything.”