FORTUNE — In April, I got one of those e-mail requests that are hard to resist:
After correcting the spelling of my last name (it’s Elmer-DeWitt, with a hyphen) I banged out answers to his five questions and didn’t think much more about it.
Then I heard that some other people I knew had been approached by an eighth grader with five questions. Cult of Mac‘s Leander Kahney. Posts at Eventide‘s Robert Paul Laitao. Asmyco‘s Horace Dediu. I followed the links, and sure enough they all led to instantbight.com. In the space of eight weeks, Silverman had managed to land interviews with more than 40 Internet celebrities, from comedian Dan Abrams (who’s making a Kickstarter-funded feature film called Fal$e Profit) to Jennifer Brook (lead designer on the original New York Times’ iPad app).
Silverman turns out to be a serious young Apple guy (two Mac minis, one iPod touch, zero video game machines) who is proud to call himself a fanboy. He owns a few shares of Apple (AAPL), listens to all the keynotes and earnings calls and got pretty choked up when Steve Jobs died. “It was tough,” he says.
He would love to land an interview with someone from Apple’s executive staff. He’s e-mailed CEO Tim Cook, VP for iOS Scott Forstall, marketing VP Phil Schiller and PR director Steve Dowling. He has not yet heard back.
You can see his growing list of five-question interviews here.
Below the fold: Our five questions for David Silverman.
Q. How did you get started with the five-question interviews, and how has the project evolved?
Q. Of all the things you do when you are not blogging, what are your favorite activities and why?
Q. If you were the principal of your school for a day and had the power to permanently change one thing, what would it be?
Q. Who among the people you have met face-to-face do you most admire, and why?
Q. Imagine yourself at age 30. What are you doing and where are you doing it?