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Sunday, August 26, 2007
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A6 THE LOMl'OC RECOKD Sunday, August 26, 2007 "Anticipating Earnings QWho determines the "anticipated earnings" for upcoming quarters that I often run across online? Are they just guesses? Don't they put pressure on companies to perform? When companies fail to meet the predictions, they often get punished. OF, Erie. Pa. A Earnings estimates usually reflect the consensus of Wall Street analysts, who have traditionally been given guidance by the company's management. Company bigwigs will frequently, in their quarterly earnings reports and elsewhere, state their earnings and revenue expectations for the coming quarters or years. In the past, they would often disclose information privately to selected parties, but that's a no-no now, thank goodness. Information on earnings expectations can help investors crunch numbers to come up with estimates of a company's fair value. But you're quite correct too much attention is given to quarterly results. For long-term investors, the most important thing is how a company will perform over the coming years or decades, not what analysts expect will happen in the next three months. If you're aiming to hold on to a great company for a decade or more, the two numbers that will determine your ultimate gain are the price you bought at and the price you sold at, not the stock's price every three months. k Exactly how many mutual 'funds are out there? K.L., St. Louis A According to the Investment Company Institute, at the end of 2006, mere were 8,120 mutual funds in existence. Oddly enough, there are roughly as many mutual funds as publicly traded companies. No wonder it can be hard to find outstanding funds. 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Sorry, we can 't provide individual financial qdvice. C 2017 Tin Mm I i-y hmi Dist. by I Isivi tsa Pw ss Svsim m (hir hi i si B2.12IKI7) t HHP- mm 1 Vi r r.t If Associated Press Stephen Wynne poses under gull wing doors and an old fiberglass car body at the DeLorean Motor Company in Humble, Texas. "..-. DELOREAN: Continued from page A5 created what some consider the first "muscle car," putting a V-8 engine into a Pontiac , Tempest and calling it the GTO. When DeLorean began making his own car in Northern Ireland in 1981, Baker said he fell in love with it. Of course, as a teenager, he wasn't able to shell out $25,000. Now, at 41, Baker is a proud DeLorean owner. "You have to understand it's a car that never got to its full development because it : was gone before it really hit its prime," Baker said. "And you have to realize it's 25 years old. But understanding that, it's fun to drive and very comfortable." Unfortunately, DeLorean simply couldn't sell enough of the cars to sustain the busi-. ness. The company folded in 1983, a year after DeLorean was busted in a drug trafficking sting and accused of conspiring to sell $24 million worth of cocaine to salvage the venture. He used an entrapment defense to win acquittal, but legal entanglements plagued i . him for years to come. He died in 2005 at age 80. ; 1 Kevin Smith, editorial director for the automotive Web site, said he's ihterested to see if the Humble effort fares better than the Irish debacle. He said quality control is On the Web often an issue with limited production, "but I'm always optimistic for people who want to make new and interesting cars." The newest version of the DeLorean will certainly be interesting and exclusive, . Smith said, "and for some ' people with means, that's enough." ., SARAH BREEDLOVE WALKER Pioneer businesswoman Daniel Alef CONTRIBUTING WRITER As America entered the 20th century, women were still denied many of the rights we now take for granted. They did not have the right to vote. There were few women doctors, fewer women lawyers and virtually no women business executives. Black women had even fewer rights. So the story of Sarah Breedlove Walker, also known as Madam C.J. Walker, is a tale of achieving the impossible: she became one of the first women, white or black, to succeed in business no less in a white man's world! . Sarah Breedlove, the daughter of freed slaves, was born in Louisiana in 1867. Her family ; lived in a windowless shack and slept on the ground. Her parents died before she was seven and Sarah moved in with her older sister and her husband. Her sister's husband was so abusive, Sarah escaped by getting married when she was 14. She had a child, Lelia, in 1885, but was a widow by 20. Sarah moved to St. Louis, MO, and worked as a domestic. "I couldn't see how a poor washerwoman was going to better my condition," she rued. Joining the St. Paul AME Church she met some of the middle-class black women in the community. Some of these women not only inspired Sarah to attend night school, but took responsibility for Lelia's education, one of the few roads, ; though unpaved and rutted, to salvation from oppression. Sarah's hair began falling out in small clumps, probably due Great American; , . A- ) yTf" l ; Sarah Breedlove Walker to psoriasis and other scalp ailments common at the time. She experimented with various hair preparations before settling on those sold by Annie Turnbo Malone, another enterprising black woman. Sarah subsequently became one of Turnbo's saleswomen. In search of a new sales territory for Turnbo's wares, Sarah moved to Denver where she married Charles J. Walker, a journalist with some knowledge of marketing. At his urging she became Madam C.J. Walker and created her own cosmetic creams and treatments. Traveling door-to-door, covering several states, the fashionably dressed woman cut a flourish ing figure. An adept business-woman and saleswoman, Sarah soon had hundreds of commission agents selling her products. " In 1910 Sarah moved her headquarters to Indianapolis where she built a new factory and a training center to prepare Vinx "hnif -in,," i (Un Walker system. By 1917 The Madame C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company was the largest black-owned enterprise in the United States, with 2,000 agents flnH annual rpvpnnac annmnph. ing $500,000. Philanthropy was a major non nt varah'c cmil vha ha naH fund the first black YMCA, and various schools and institutes ior young Airican Americans. -kuiuiiiirvuiibi iud i j ecu. oat Villa Lewero, her massive . Georgian mansion at Irvington-on-the-Hudson. She died in 1919,. just 52 years old. "TFT koon nl;AJ u i nave aiviAjmuimiimj miv- cause I have been willing to work hard . . . There is no royal, flower-strewn road to success, and if there is, I have not found it...":. -; , One magazine claimed Sarah rxn Rut t tricot she accomplished was infinitely greater. "Great American Fortunes," by award-winnine local author Daniel Alef tells the stories of the super-rich and eccentric moguls who made their fortunes in America and had a profound influence on the nation and the globe. . Alef can be reached at Sell It Rent It Search It DTT 8 rasa i in the classified section Hi MERRILL: Continued from page AS ered the grill, making grill adjustment a little tricky. Many times you could move the crank halfway up, and the grill would be in the right position over the fire, but there was no way to lock It In place. We had made the crank out of old "sucker rod" from a water well, and It had plenty of rough sH)ts on It that helXMl hold It In place until one af ternoon when dad was standing next to the crank in the halfway position up over his head. Dad had the grill full of chicken and, while he was reaching for his fork, the crank let loose of its free-standing position and swung around and caught dud right under the chin, lifting him six Inches off the ground. He was lucky M did not lose some teeth or break his Jaw. Needless to say, there was quite a bit of swearing, as Dud went into the house to see if he had any teeth left and have a couple of bourbon-and-waters to calm his nerves. I think Dana and I finished barbecuing the chicken, staying clear of the crank. i The next day, Dad went down to the hardware store In Solvang and bought a new Weber barbecue. I was told to get that damn thing out of the yard, and the best place for It was the dump. Well, we Just moved It down under some oak trees where we used to have our M&M Hay Co. barbecues, remembering to stay clear of the crank and not ask Dad to do any guest barbecuing on it. I'm pretty sure it was Ed's Idea not to have a stopping mechanism on the crank. We would all laugh about It later, including Dad. I went on to Allan Hancock College, took welding classes for two years and became a pretty good welder, skills I use from time to time on the vineyard today, Enjoy a late summer-early fall afternoon and barbecue your lavorue meat. Be sure to include some great Central Coast wine and stay clear of the barbecue crank. jiciii mm i hi is a vineyara manager for Mesa Vineyard Management in Santa Maria. He is president Of the Central ClnnHWIn Grouvrs'Aviociatum Foundation and a board member of the Santa Barbara County Farm liurtau. He can be reached at , kmmillitmemt'

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