I am an idiot, according to my colleagues here at GlobalGiving. That is because I am clueless about a lot of popular celebrities who are in the news these days.
But my cluelessness reached a new low (high?) this past week at the excellent Fortune Magazine “Brainstorm Green” conference, which was all about global warming. During a break between panels, I turned to introduce myself to the guy sitting next to me. He had been listening closely to the speakers and had been taking a lot of notes. Obviously a scientist type or policy wonk.
Me: Hi, I am Dennis Whittle. Nice to meet you.
Him: Hi, I am Chuck Leavell. Nice to meet you.
Me: What do you do?
Him: Oh, I grow trees in Georgia. I also play the piano a little bit. What about you?
Me: I work at GlobalGiving, which is sort of a marketplace for goodness. What kind of trees do you grow?
Him: I have been trying to create an approach to sustainable tree farming using native American species.
Me: Oh, very cool. And what kind of music do you play?
Him: Oh, all kinds, really.
Me: Do you ever play in public?
Me: What’s the name of your band?
Him: Well, I’ve been in different bands, but since 1982 it has been the Rolling Stones.
Me: Oh, yes, I have heard of that band.
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(Chuck’s bio is here for any of you other clueless readers out there.)