Prior to entering Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, James Dean wore several hats — straw hats, Panama hats, berets and fedoras just to name a few.
In Prague he worked as an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions department of Raffeisen Capital & Investment, an Austrian investment bank.
In the United States, James had always felt overeducated and overqualified in various jobs, such as newspaper delivery boy, Sea World bus boy and Sizzler Restaurant salad bar boy. "I went to high school for this?" he often remarked while hauling tubs of dirty dishes back to the kitchen.
But in the Czech Republic James realized he
was now undereducated and under qualified. This insight occurred to
him while bumbling his way — in Czech — through a presentation on the
history of mergers and acquisitions in Eastern Europe to a conference
room packed with energy and coal-mining company executives whose names
contained no vowels.
Along the way, he ate apple sauce and adopted a Komondor, a dreadlocked Hungarian sheepdog. Contrary to the word on the street, James did not hire a team of Dominican hairdressers to fashion the dog's mop-like coat. They were hired for his friend's bachelor party.
In his spare time James is an avid reader of newspaper columnists James Lileks and James Kramer. He regularly prowls the Yahoo! Finance message boards and believes the current bull market will rise until it falls. Pacific Internet, the AOL of Asia, is his No. 1 stock pick for 2000 and beyond.
And that's his final answer. ¶