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The Fool: What's your favorite movie, and why?
Taiko: I've always been interested in history and in the Orient. The development of a culture with durability is a challenge all civilizations face, and the Chinese have done quite well with that concept in the past. Oppressive? Yes, often. Durable? Absolutely! My favorite movie is not only visually and aurally stunning, but a timeless masterpiece of the final fall of an 8000 year old dynasty. The Last Emporer is the story of Pu Yi, from his book entitled From Emporer to Citizen:I It is THE greatest movie ever made, IMNSHO. I weep for the fall of mankind every time I see it. Don't miss it. The David Byrne soundtrack is exceptional. And the filming "on location" was the first time westerners were allowed inside the Forbidden City. Bertolucci is a genius.
The Fool: What's the strangest thing you've ever seen?
Taiko: One evening during a quiet stroll across the campus of Central Michigan University, where I was attending a brief undergraduate stint prior to military service, I passed by the local high school which butts up against the campus proper. I noticed a dark shadow ring above the roof of the school. It caught my attention so I looked closer. It turned out that it was rotating in the sky. As I looked closer, I saw that it was actually a ring of bats flying in a circle over the chimney. The ring was perhaps 100 feet in diameter. Then I noticed the thing that causes me to write this message today...one by one the bats were peeling off from the ring and flying down into the chimney. Each bat awaited it's turn. A steady stream of bats flew down into the chimney. It was the finest display of animal precision flying I have ever seen. The cooperation they exhibited amazes me even to this day nearly 20 years later.
The Fool: Briefly explain how you select stocks.
Taiko: I typically use two criteria:
1. Companies that I am interested in and know at least something about. As an engineer, I tend to lean towards the tech stocks.
2. Earnings!
The Fool: What, in your opinion, are some of life's big mysteries?
Taiko: How the hell did we get here and where do we come from?
Why does the lion's share of human history contain little more than cruelty, violence and bad manners?
The Fool: When you aren't working or sitting in front of the computer, what occupies your time?
Taiko: I live on 2 1/2 acres in a rural setting just east of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Fool: Is there someone to whom you'd like to say 'Thank You,' but never had the chance?
Taiko: Sure. My dad had a stroke, and eventually passed away, before we could ever reconcile our relationship. Like many young men I never really appreciated him until I grew up and had children of my own. He was a stern, and often strict, sometimes impulsively angry, man, but a great man who taught me a lot about human values and integrity. Again, like a lot of men, I wish that I could have thanked him for all that he taught me. It's one of the only regrets I have in life.
The Fool: How'd you find out about the Fool? (Make your answer as colorful and truthful as possible.)
Taiko: A fine mentor, Joel Anspach pointed me in this direction. Investment became a common ground for us to develop a friendship. I've been grateful for both the mentorship and the friendship.
The Fool: What's been your best investment to date, and how did you discover it?
Taiko: Blind luck. My shares of Rockwell International spewed out several hundred shares of Conexant when that company spun off into a separate business entity. I picked up 300 additional shares because I knew they were associated with manufacturing the v.90 modem chip. CNXT came out at 16 3/4 and is currently trading over 188 today. This kind of dumb luck should happen every day, or at least once or twice a lifetime.
The Fool: Do you have a favorite company or stock which the worldwide Foolish community should know about -- and why?
Taiko: Did I mention CNXT? Additionally, I'm very impressed with the technology base that Kevin Kalkoven is bringing together at Uniphase (JDSU), but that's probably no secret.
The Fool: List some of your favorite websites, with running commentary where appropriate. (Please provide the URLs, too.)
Taiko: No. If I answer this question, then I'll have to go back and answer the one about the most embarrassing moment. <g>
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