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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Congratulations to Bob Brinker for 23 Year Anniversary

Bob Brinker has done his Moneytalk radio program for 23 years. Today, Superbowl Sunday, was his anniversary. Congratulations Bob. That's quite a achievement in terms of longevity.

Many of us who have listened to you since near the beginning, have noticed a lot of changes in the program and most of us long for the good old days when you didn't try to withhold (and sell) your latest stock market prognostications like you did today when Tom called.

In the old days, you would have answered Tom's question when he asked you today: "I got your special bulletin about your buy, you are positive on the stock market right now. Is that true?" Instead, you spun a nonsense answer for Tom and your audience when you said: “Uhhhh… says what it says, Tom. There hasn’t been any change in it. It was published on the website on 15th of January, and it’s still there for subscriber access and there has been no change to the content of that message….."

Back in the old days, we fans of yours loved the program when we tuned in with great anticipation to hear what you would say about recent market activity and what you thought might be around the corner. Many times, you reassured us and gave us confidence. We felt like you considered us your friends. We were sure you had our best interest at heart -- whether or not we were "long-time subscribers." It isn't that way anymore.

But thank you for those wonderful years before year-2000 when, for whatever reason, you decided to play a game of hide and seek with your stock market opinions -- only bragging about them after they are long past if they seem to make you look good. You never mention the ones that went sour. I'm sure you feel this is justified and worthwhile. And I'm sure as long as you have the benefit of the public airwaves, there will always be plenty of listeners who are willing to "play the game" in hopes that you just might have a crystal ball on your next "buying opportunity" call -- no matter how many times you have said (and proven) that you do not have one.

I thank you for teaching me that managing one's own investments is doable -- that it isn't rocket science. And most of all, thank you for teaching me to recognize and avoid sharks who may be cloaked in deception of any kind.

When it's all said and done, you are a human with no prescient powers and I sincerely wish you happiness, health and most of all PEACE of mind.

There are three classes of men: lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, lovers of gain." __Plato

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