Our very own Andy Simpson recently appeared in Print Week’s regular Q&A section. Here is a transcript of the feature:
George Clooney lookalike Andy first stepped into the world of print when he started work at Plastic Card Services 18 years ago.
Married with two children, and recently a grandfather, he describes himself as “a gifted sportsman in his youth, but now “fat and middle aged with a passing resemblance to George Clooney”. He likes collecting watches, driving his car, eating bad food and also enjoys the odd gin and tonic or two. Most important of all, he is currently second in the Plastic Card Services league of Super 6.
What is your nickname?
Why did you get into printing?
I fell into it somewhat, the job and people just suited and still do
What would be your dream job?
I’m living the dream; I look forward to coming in each day
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
George Clooney, obviously
What is your dream bit of kit?
What is your favourite film?
The Princess Bride
What is your favourite TV show?
At the moment it’s The Undateables but it does change
Who do you admire most in the industry?
All of the people I work with, I couldn’t do it without them
What is your favourite phrase or saying?
‘I’m not messing about’
What is your favourite album?
James Greatest Hits
What is your favourite book?
Cosmos by Carl Sagan
What is your greatest luxury in life?
My watch collection
What is the strangest job you’ve ever done?
I sold fish for a short time, I ate very well during that period!
What is your greatest ambition?
To go into space
What’s your greatest fear?
Getting really old (even older than I am now)
Who or what makes you laugh?
Most embarrassing moment?
It has to be falling asleep in a school lesson, I closed my eyes for a second and was gone
Where would you like to be now?
In a bar in Spain
What’s your worst fashion disaster?
Dying my hair, then getting a hair cut from somebody who could only do female cuts, it took months to grow the ‘bob’ out
Which superpower would you like?
Who would be your favourite party guests?
Generous people who brought lots of alcohol
Where would you go if you could time-travel?
I’d constantly move around time
What was your childhood obsession?
To drive a big truck
How would you like to be remembered?
As somebody who did what they wanted and treated people well (I’m still trying to do both without success)