Don Arbuckle Answers Five Questions
January 5, 2017 by Screenmag
Legendary Chicago sound designer Don Arbuckle officially retired this month, hanging up his board after almost three decades since becoming ARU's first employee.
Hired by Mike King in June of 1988 to build and wire the two original studios in the tower of the Wrigley Building, Arbuckle became a sound designer at the company as soon as the space opened in November of that year, having already worked on location audio and design for the White Sox and Blackhawks. He retires after a total of 28 years with ARU.
In celebration of his retirement, Arbuckle today answers Five Questions with SCREEN.
SCREEN: Can you cook? If so, what's your go-to dish?
ARBUCKLE: Not only can I cook, I AM THE COOK in our house and my wife of 41 years loves it. I like to say "Carlos Santana says, when I come home my house is dark and my pots are cold" until I do something about it. Favorite dish...Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta
SCREEN: What's the last movie you saw in a theater?
ARBUCKLE: SULLY. Liked it even though I knew how it ended ;-)
SCREEN: What's your favorite gadget?
ARBUCKLE: My Chrysler Pacifica.
SCREEN: What's your favorite American city? Foreign city?
In America, it's Crossville, Tennessee (because of the golfing). Foreign, San Miguel, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico where I like to dive with my friend Gustavo.
SCREEN: What’s your favorite holiday and why?
ARBUCKLE: Thanksgiving. I enjoy cooking for my extended family and preparing all the favorite dishes from their childhoods
SCREEN: What would you consider some of your career highlights?
ARBUCKLE: The biggest highlight of my career has been meeting and working with some of the most extraordinary talent on both sides of the glass. Many of these people remain my friends today. That is what I treasure most. I value these relationships the most. Without people like Mark Zeboski and Mike King I would not have had the opportunity. The projects that I have worked on throughout the years, famous and not so famous, came and went, but these relationships will last forever.