I started investing in 1982 when a fellow wildland firefighter (that was a former stock broker that dropped out and moved to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada) explained to me how he saved his house in a divorce by investing in options. Through the year I have used various option strategies successfully. In the mid-90s I met my mentor at Cresta's in San Francisco. An older gentleman who worked for CBS sports production who suggested I start reading the Investors Business Daily. Although a liberal at heart I love the paper because I strive for balance and the IBD is currently balancing out the Obama Administration Rhetoric.