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From its inception, when the Feste Award contest was announced, this board has been unique. Many days, when national, world and stock market news was enough to disillusion even the most dedicated optimist, I came here for comic relief, making it easier to regain perspective and sometimes even put those rose colored glasses back on.

While some of the rawer material has been a little extreme for my taste, many of the writings of MichaelRead, whose existence in the Fool Community was unknown to me previously, have been variously humorous, enlightening, educational and at times brilliant. "The interview that never was 111" is a delightful, intelligent piece of creative writing that this English professor would have easily given an A+.

As a student and leader of various TMF investment seminars, I have been impressed with the expertise, insight and communication skills of some totally dedicated Fools. I've seen them encourage and share their knowledge with thousands of novice and veteran investors. A few, such as Bruce Brown, have consistently been outstanding as team leaders and as greatly-valued regular contributors to several social and investment discussion boards and have authored Fool articles.

It seemed fitting that someone who has contributed so much to so many and is by far the most continually recommended and loved in all of Fooldom should be honored by TMF with the Feste Award. Regrettably it was decided that the Feste Award winners would be selected by cybervoting. It was inevitable that the system could be skewed with a little creative manipulation. That's the way politics works! In this case there was a bloc vote after some heavy lobbying by a special interest group. Those of us who pride ourselves on being independent thinkers probably could never have pulled that off. Give credit where credit is due and congratulate those who did.

The main attraction of this board has been light hearted banter and true satire without mean-spirited negativism, so pervasive on so many of the other discussion boards. These latest threads have threatened to reduce the board to their level.

It's human nature to defend your turf, but I hope both "sides" can just agree to disagree and return this board to its former "self". There are days when we could all benefit from a little comic relief.

Judy $:-D

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BTW: From what I have observed, the "few thousand" members of the MI community are fanatical in their support of and have fierce loyalty to their methods. Since TMF is basically a community of investors, maybe those of us who are not part of their insular community should find out why.

LAPropDoc said, in explaining this phenomenon, As I see it, there are two types of communities here on the Fool. Social and Investment. One makes you think, the other makes you money. Neither is inheritantly better than the other. That must mean that the members of the MI community have made a mint on their investments, while most investors have watched their portfolios drip red as the bottom line spiraled downward.

I, for one, would be interested in knowing what percentage gain individual members of the MI community have made on their Total % Return since they embraced that particular investment strategy. With a powerful enough incentive, even the most mathematically challenged of us can learn to appreciate and work with the requisite numbers.


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