The South Florida Chapter had a wonderful meeting this past Sunday with 24 Bogleheads, including a very special guest - without whom none of us - I really mean NONE of us - would be here right now. His name is Larry Auton, co-founder of this forum.
First, we can now report another reason why Taylor's portfolio is doing quite well.
Prior to the meeting, Taylor needed to know the number of Bogleheads who were coming - because he would be bringing one Subway sandwich - ONE sandwich, not two, not a few extra - ONE sandwich for each person.
He nixed the potato salad. He nixed the cole slaw. He even nixed the potato chips.
He is not only remarkably smart, kind, helpful and wonderful, he is also frugal!
The sandwiches WERE delicious, and we thank you Taylor for feeding us well
Taylor missed no opportunity to remind us to stay the course with low cost index funds, and he brandished the current issue of Money magazine with a feature story on Jack Bogle, vindicating index fund investing.
Our surprise guest was Larry Auton, the Boglehead Forum's server admin - without whom we would not exist.
Larry was in South Florida the day the Forum server slowed waaaay down last Friday. When Taylor contacted him about the slow server and found out Larry was in South Florida, Taylor invited him to our meeting.
What can I say - it was like being in the room with the King of England and Sir Winston Churchill
Want to know how Larry became a Boglehead? That was back in the Morningstar Vanguard Diehard days. He told us he was at a "career junction" when, what he called "a big bucket of money," fell into his lap. He knew that would never happen again and he had to invest it wisely. So he researched and learned about investing, came upon Jack Bogle's books and Vanguard, dumped his bucket of money into Vanguard funds and "has not turned the knobs since."
He looked at all of us and repeated slowly: "Have not turned the knobs once. Do not turn those knobs!"
Larry described how he and Alex created this Forum website (you can read it on the Wiki). It's easy to be spell-bound by Larry's computer savvy, but he's such an understated fellow, he said: "It's really only a website, it's just a website, it could be anything. It's the people using it that make it phenomenal.
" It was obvious to all of us how special this Forum is to him.
Many, many warm thanks to Taylor and Larry for the wonderful meeting!