I've been an avid stock market follower since my early high school days in the late 60s. I bought my first shares of stock, SMSC -- Standard Microsystems, in 1977 with my tax return check. After enjoying a very nice gain a year and a half later, I was hooked. Everyday is a new learning experience. It brings to mind the catch-phrase used by the makers of the game Mastermind: "A minute to learn; a lifetime to master."