James Dean
Photo: M. Dean

jamesdean @hotmail.com

  • Student, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
  • Former business analyst
  • Features writer
  • Reluctant bohemian
  • Sheep dog aficionado
  • Sardonic cupcake with nice-guy frosting

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.

A native of San Diego, James studied economics at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Alabama at Birmingham before moving to the capital city of the Czech Republic.

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.

Long time, no see: Shaggy,
the Komondor
Photo: M. Dean

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.

James got his start in journalism as a weekend warrior, writing feature stories for The Prague Post, an English-language weekly. His areas of expertise included frog epidemics, tank salesmen, river barges and pit bull breeders.

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.