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  • 60-second interview with
    Sir Michael Parkinson

    Sir Michael ParkinsonSir Michael Parkinson was the king of TV chat for 25 years, by his own reckoning interviewing over 2000 of the world's most famous people. As the face of Sun Life Direct, he lets us know what makes him tick.

    Q: What's the best thing that doing the Parkinson show has given you?
    A: A good living!

    Q: Who is the most generous person you've ever interviewed?
    A: My wife.

    Q: Do you think actors, pop stars, sports stars and other celebs are all paid too much these days?
    A: No. They are the stars people come to see. They are the box office. They get the rewards.

    Q: The famous have always loved to appear on Parkinson. Why is that? What is it about you and your show?
    A: It sold tickets and books - put bums on seats.

    Q: Is there one person who you always wanted to interview but who turned you down?
    A: Frank Sinatra.

    Q: Are you a saver or a spender?
    A: A spender, but not a big one.

    Q: What is your biggest extravagance?
    A: Buying paintings.

    Q: Do you splash out on luxury presents for your grandchildren?
    A: I'm putty in their hands!

    Q: The Parkinson show is now over for good. What are you planning to do - apart from go to endless Test Matches and be the face of Sun Life Direct, of course?!
    A: Write my autobiography and edit 600 Parkinson shows for onward consumption.

    Q: Incidentally, why did you agree to be the face of Sun Life Direct?
    A: So I could afford to sit down and write my book. And I like its no-nonsense approach to business.

    Q: Is there anything about you that might surprise Sun Life Direct customers?
    A: I'm enjoying life at 72 as much as I did 30 or more years ago. I keep active.

    DID YOU KNOW? When they were openers for Barnsley Cricket Club, Parky and cricket umpire Dickie Bird had trials for Yorkshire.

    Parky was born in 1935. What else happened that year?

    • Elvis Presley was born
    • The first Penguin paperback books were published
    • The world's first parking meters appeared in Oklahoma City in the United States
    • Alfred Hitchcock released 'The Man Who Knew Too Much'
    • The first Jaguar sports car hit the streets - you could pick up a brand new SS Jaguar 2.5 litre saloon for just £395!
    • A new land speed record was set by Britain's famed speed demon Sir Malcolm Campbell Sir Malcolm managed 301mph in his Bluebird car at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the States
    • Beer was sold in cans for the first time - the first can was introduced by Krueger Beer