Opinion

In 1953, television, a recent addition to many homes, offered a handful of channels in black and white and displayed a test pattern at night. Disneyland was just beginning to take shape in Uncle Walt’s imagination. Most families had only one car, and many of them piled in the kids for long, desinationless weekend drives. If they’d driven Highway 10, 2 or 3 miles west of Anoka, they might have come upon a venue that in many ways embodied the decade. Santa Claus Town, the summer home of the jolly old elf, opened for visitors in June of that year.

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I am in the process of getting rid of many things that I have accumulated over the years. My generation grew up in the great depression. We had almost nothing as children. Now, many of us are savers who have rarely thrown anything away.

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From humble beginnings as the son of a clothier in Oklahoma City, Alan “Ace” Greenberg started as a clerk at Bear Sterns Companies, Inc. in 1949. He ended up running the show by 1978 after the legendary Salim L. “Cy” Lewis died.

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When I started working for Anoka-Hennepin School District seven years ago, I was immediately impressed by the communication taking place between our schools and families. It was clear to me our parents were engaged in their children’s education and appreciated information provided by their teachers and schools.

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An old Wall Street adage holds that a stock is worth what somebody is willing to pay for it. However, even more appropriate is an adapation of that adage by Investment Advisor Richard Ney (1916-2004.) He used to say “a stock is worth what the NYSE floor specialist is willing to pay for it.” In any case, both have more merit than all of the blue sky that so-called “investment experts” tell us what a stock or the stock market is worth.

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