Mark Terence Chapman

General Information

Mark Terence Chapman
Fool Since:
June 2 1998

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Investing Style:
Long-Term Buy and Hold

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Education And Work Information

School(s) Attended
Biscayne College, University of Florida Law School
Job Title
Senior Tech. Writer and author of several published SF novels


Personal Quote:
"No, I *didn't* shoot John Lennon!"
Person(s) I'd Like To Meet:
Einstein or DaVinci (Of course, that would require a time machine, or a space/time anomaly....)
Favorite Vacation Spots:
Cairns, Australia; Western Ireland
Favorite Sports or Teams:
Atlanta Braves (baseball), Miami Dolphins and Florida State (football), and Duke U. (basketball)
Favorite Music or Musicians:
Enya, Phil Collins, Moody Blues

An Interview with Chapman208

Last updated: 6/29/2005
The Fool:
What is your favorite techno gadget?
My IBM ThinkPad T42 laptop. While I'm working on my novels, I can also wirelessly surf the Internet and listen to the 50+ CD's I have loaded on the hard drive. If I get bored on a trip, I can pop in a DVD and watch it on the 15" screen. (The latter ability has also been known to get the kids to shut up in the back seat of the car....)
The Fool:
Tell us about your greatest personal success, not necessarily finance related.
I received a $150,000 award at work. The award was related to a project I had initiated on my own time that was saving the company millions of dollars a year. My wife and I used some of the money to pay off bills, another part to do some landscaping and house improvements, invested some more, and used the rest for a 17 day vacation in Australia and New Zealand (Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, and Cairns), with a little scuba diving off the Great Barrier Reef.
The Fool:
What has been your best work experience, and what made it so great?
When I was in high school I had a part-time job writing crossword puzzles for a local hospital in-house magazine, distribute to patients. What was so great was that I got to do it in my spare time, lying in bed with a pad and paper in my lap. Easiest job I ever had, and it paid two to three time what other jobs were paying teenagers at the time. The fact that the result of my labors made the patients' days a little more pleasant was a nice bonus.<BR><BR>
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