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The Fool: To what extent has your financial success, or lack thereof, been the result of luck versus skill?
DerektheDJ: Probably all of my early success (including AOL) was more luck than skill. If I was dumber I would've made a lot more in the internet bubble. However, getting hired at a trading firm helped change all that. Now I can't even play video poker without analyzing the payoff percentages beforehand.
The Fool: What's one of your special talents?
DerektheDJ: Hardly a talent, but I have never lost a game of Monopoly. Any challengers? Ok, since I said this three years ago, I lost *one* game of Monopoly, but I blame it on the fact most of the Chance & Community Chest cards were missing. :)
The Fool: If you could change one thing about your workplace, corporate culture, or family life, what would it be?
DerektheDJ: I would make it a federal offense to fire honest, hard-working people who have put their entire lives into a company just to be eliminated in the name of restructuring or any other excuse; especially those close to a retirement pension. I've seen it happen folks, and it is truly heartbreaking. Check your books, it's perfectly legal. California's Supreme Court recently reaffirmed age discrimination. I'd like to see something a little stronger than "fire at will" especially for long-term employees.

This is one of the reasons I've done so many different occupations - I'm extremely distrustful of corporations and will probably never be happy until I open a business of my own doing something I enjoy.
The Fool: If you could go back in time and witness one event in history, what would you go back and see?
DerektheDJ: I would have loved to have witnessed the landing on the moon. I was only about two or four cells big at the time it happened.
The Fool: Describe the most embarrassing personal moment you'll admit to!
DerektheDJ: Did a stripshow on a dare complete w/ bump & grind music. A lot of my friends know a lot about me.
The Fool: What industry do you follow most closely and why?
DerektheDJ: The retailing sector. With retailers, it's much easier to determine what you are getting.
The Fool: Make a confession.
DerektheDJ: I confess that I don't believe you have to go to a confessional to be forgiven. Any person here on Earth who claims that only they have the power to forgive your sins... a hotline to God while the rest of us are on call waiting? Scary thought!
The Fool: What's been your best investment to date and how did you discover it?
DerektheDJ: AOL - even people who have never used a computer know who they are - that means a lot. Besides, what other company has the cash to buy David Hasselhoff a race car just so they get a plug on Baywatch? I dropped it prior to the merger with Time Warner, and probably won't touch it again.
The Fool: Do you have a favorite company or stock which the worldwide Foolish community should know about -- and why?
DerektheDJ: My favorites are listed in my profile, but as of 7/01 I'm especially bullish on CHS as a growth play, COF as a growth and income play, PLCE as a value/turnaround play, and to a lesser extent - BBX and ACF.
The Fool: List some of your favorite websites, with running commentary where appropriate. (Please provide the URLs, too.)
DerektheDJ: http://www.theonion.com
Funniest site on earth, but not for those who can't take a joke.

http://computingcentral.msn.com/topics/bandwidth/speedtest.asp
Find out how slow your internet connection really is.

http://station.sony.com
Wheel of Fortune, Trivial Pursuit, and Jeopardy online - nice diversion although I admit I haven't been there in a while.

http://www.multex.com
They have the best stock screener in my opinion, plus good basic investment info through marketguide.

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