Philosopher in bid to hire out his talents (1988)

The Star, Sheffield, Tuesday, 22nd November 1988

Philosopher in bid to hire out his talents

By Donna Saul

FORMER Fleet Street photographer and chemistry dropout Geoffrey Klempner is now hiring out his talents in Sheffield -- as a philosopher.

Because after being bored by chemistry at Leeds University and spending three months among the tabloid paparazzi he found his vocation as a thinker.

But Dr Klempner, aged 37, who went on to gain his philosophy doctorate from University College, Oxford, soon discovered that JobCentres do not have many full-time philosophy vacancies.

So he has placed adverts in more than a dozen shops around Sheffield to see if anyone would be interested in using his services as a tutor.

Londoner Dr Klempner is convinced most ordinary people can, at some time, employ philosophy as a tool for necessary soul-searching.

He has great backing from the philosophy department of Sheffield University and his artist wife June who has just given up her post as an art teacher at Notre Dame school to concentrate on her own art.

This has made him even more determined to make maximum use of his philosophy.

His tutorials can be on a one-to-one or study group basis and he offers discounts to pensioners and the unemployed. He can be contacted at *** River Court, Ladies Spring Grove, Totley.