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Please consider a "boomer's" mindset. Many boomers haven't sacrificed much and expect the best for themselves. Boomers, many of them, feel they own themselves "the best." Many have insisted in having their way and their health, at all costs. They are the BIGGEST block of population (I am one of them in chronology...my date of arrival 9/18/48). We have seen our parents require Medtronic products...even though we didn't know the name of the company, we saw the heart valves and pacemakers in place in our parents. We expect the same, at a minimum, for us. We want the drugs from our CK Pfizer working in tandem with the internal parts from Medtronic...a one-two punch that will have great demand over the next 25-35 years in a demographical giant portion of the overall population!

Medtronic Inc. is sitting in the right position, at the right time, with the right businss plan, with great management. Medtronic Inc. is fiscally healthy, extrodinarily so. (I own it already). Everything is looking up for this global supplier of CRITICAL parts and regulator systems to assist/replace time worn human parts and systems. We may go without drinking a coke, or getting online, or another GE appliance. We can get our X-rays from a machine other than GE (I own GE too). We can get pain reliever from other than JNJ (I own JNJ also). But, to whom will surgeons turn to satisfy the impend glut of demand for keeping our hearts and neurological systems working acceptably?? I don't see any viable supplier around with the global economic excellence of Medtronic Inc..

Convince me otherwise...my wife's father and my father both can give thanks to Medtronic, and to their doctor's for knowing about Medtronic. Boomers are made of the same human material that tends to wear out and need assistance...most of us realize that by now (age 50).

Regarding the other nominees for the final CK...

We already have Pfizer, why the other pharm.?

Berkshire is too expensive.

Cisco--I confess ignorance on this one..but, I am not a fan of the fickle internet related companies, not because I see no value. They are too volatile and subject to rapid, without warning, failure. I thing the CK should be a buy and hold without wondering what it is "currently" doing that might bring it down to zero in a matter of month.

Tellabs--same as for Cisco. Also, too many competitors. Perhaps a CK should always be on the verge of an antitrust suit from the socialists in Washington.

Dell--to competitive an industry, with the ability of rapid demise. Will Dell even be around in 10 years, given competition from CPQ and HWP and Gateway?? Hot today, so what.

Louis Vitton--pleading of complete ignorance. Never heard of them. Doesn't mean they aren't good, but, I don't know of anyone who has ever used their services either! That's troublesome for a CK. Not to say it isn't a good company.

GE & JNJ--both still in the running, in my mind, and great companies. But, GE is the better of these two choices for our CK final choice, in my opinion. JNJ would be too much overlapping with Pfizer, in my judgment. (No, Medtronic doesn't overlap with Pfizer, I believe they complement each other). GE is a great company and worthy of our CK, but is a bit too diversified. CPB is taking off because they are spinning off what they don't do best. Luckily, GE's managment can handle the diversification...but, for how long? I like companies that focus on what they do well, and do it better than anyone else, at least for our final entry in our CK portfolio.

That's my take. I'm not a lobbyist and don't intend to repeat myself. I apologize for the length of this post, but, it is my first and only shot at input...until I vote next week for our final entry.

I'll be watching closely to see the finalist, though. If it is a company I don't already hold (I have GE, JNJ and MDT), then I am going to order the annual report and seriously conider it for my IRA at Waterhouse. I am looking for another company than what I currently own (I have 14 companies in my portfolio with them).

Thanks for all your input and work fellow Fools.

--KC of Maine
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