JACK BOGLE'S MESSAGE TO BH: Two Birthdays!

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JACK BOGLE'S MESSAGE TO BH: Two Birthdays!

Post by jack bogle » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:37 am

To my wonderful Boglehead friends,

Birthdays are great days to celebrate and to count our blessings. So I salute you on the fifth birthday of Bogleheads.org on February 19, 2012, and wish you every success, in advance, for your next birthday in 2013, your 10th birthday in 2017, and your 25th birthday in 2032! I have no doubt you’ll still be doing the good work of helping your growing community of investors all those years from now, and beyond.

In a fine near-coincidence, my own 16th “heart birthday” was only two days later. Yes, it was back on February 21, 1996, that I was the beneficiary of a heart transplant. While I may or may not make it for my own 25th in 2021, sixteen years of life is not to be sneezed at!

A bit of history:

The first time I met a Boglehead was February 3, 1999, while I was giving a speech at "The Money Show" in Orlando, Florida. Shortly before my talk, Taylor Larimore, unofficial leader of the Bogleheads (there with this wife Pat), introduced himself to me. Just over a year later, I gave another speech in Florida. And again, I met Taylor. This time, Talyor invited me to meet with the Bogleheads at his home in Miami, and I enthusiastically agreed—“Bogleheads I.”

The tradition has continued (almost) annually since then, most recently with Bogleheads X in October 2011, right here in Valley Forge. Some 150 Bogleheads attended—yet another opportunity for me to greet you, talk to you, and celebrate the wisdom of low cost, long-term investing.

Every day, Bogleheads.org brings together investors from all over the world who share a quality that is all too rare today—common sense—and hunger for independent, conflict-free advice from those with a large reservoir of first-hand investment experience. In his classic 1840 treatise Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville observed that "only by the reciprocal influence of men upon one another are feelings and opinions recruited, is the heart enlarged, and is the human mind developed." I can’t imagine a more appropriate description of what is accomplished by Bogleheads.org. I’m at once humbled and thrilled to think that I have leant a hand in inspiring this virtual gathering place of intelligent and caring people.

Bless you all.

Jack

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Post by chaz » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:02 pm

Very pleased to hear your message Mr. Bogle. We owe a lot to you and Vanguard. Many happy returns of this special day.
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Post by englishgirl » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:26 pm

Thank you Mr. Bogle! And happy "heart birthday" to you - 16 years is a wonderful thing indeed!
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Post by marcnci » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:35 pm

Happy "Heart Birthday" Mr. Bogle! I am new to investing and am truly inspired by you. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and for giving new investors like myself a fighting chance to reach our dreams and goals!
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Post by RTR2006 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:02 pm

Hi Mr. Bogle, as another Boglehead has just written, happy heart birthday!

Please count me as one more person whose investing life was profoundly changed for the better by discovering this forum now almost five years ago (wow!), and who is proud and happy to state that the advice I've received from the wonderful members of this community (Laura, in particular) set me on a path to understanding my own investing goals, objectives and challenges as we all swim these turbulent tides.

Your investment philosophy has created a community that will live on for years to come, I am sure. How proud you must (should) be!!!

All the best for continued health and happiness.

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Post by 92irish » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:46 pm

Thank you Mr. Bogle for posting. It means a lot us when you show up online from time to time.

Along with the other poster, I as well share my gratitude for you efforts on behalf of the common individual investor and for founding Vanguard. It has and will improve the lives of many for years to come.

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Post by PreserveCapital » Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:09 pm

Mr. Bogle you are a class act.

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Post by stemikger » Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:36 pm

Happy Heart Birthday Mr. Bogle. You are a true inspiration to all. Thank you for sharing your knowledge to so many people. You truly are a “Class Act”.
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Post by Jazzman » Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:41 pm

Thank you...see you at the next hearty boglehead's reunion.
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Post by FabLab » Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:45 pm

What a wonderful note, Mr. Bogle! Thank you for your work and for Vanguard. Press on to your 25th in 2021.
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Post by Taylor Larimore » Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:59 pm

The first time I met a Boglehead was February 3, 1999, while I was giving a speech at "The Money Show" in Orlando, Florida. Shortly before my talk, Taylor Larimore, unofficial leader of the Bogleheads (there with this wife Pat), introduced himself to me.


Dear Jack:

That meeting in 1999, described above, changed our lives!

Your vast practical experience and wisdom has improved our financial lives immensely. Pat and I often say: "We live in the home that Jack Built."

Equally important to me, was learning the story of your life and listening to your writings and speeches. They changed my life. Using your example, I try (in a much smaller and less successful way), to emmulate your perserverance, your kindness, your generosity, and modesty.

You are the personification of your book: Character Counts

It is no accident that God gave you a second heart.

Respectfully,

Taylor and Pat
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Post by ObliviousInvestor » Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:42 pm

Happy Heart Birthday, Jack!

It was a great honor to meet you last October at the Bogleheads event. As I mentioned at the time, your writing (in particular, your Little Book of Common Sense Investing) changed my life.
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Post by LynnC » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:00 pm

Dear Jack,

Taylor sums it up well. Happy heart birthday to you. Thank you for always "Walking the walk" instead of just "talking the talk". We are all so lucky to have found you!

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Post by LadyGeek » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:11 pm

Happy Birthday, Jack! Thank you for your inspiration. I wish you continued good health and am looking forward to meeting you again at the next Bogleheads' convention.
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Post by rustymutt » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:25 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK! And many, many more we hope.
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Post by FRANK2009 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:33 pm

Happy "heart birthday" Mr. Bogle. Thank you for providing the means and knowledge that enables middle class Americans to enjoy financial success.

Frank


PS: I think we share a real birthday, just different years.

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Post by nepats » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:44 pm

Happy Birthday to Jack and Bogleheads! Fortunately, I have discovered this forum at an early age. I can now combine the wisdom and investing philosophy shared here with the time advantage to set us up for an early retirement. I only hope to "pay it forward" in some ways.

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Post by ruralavalon » Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:14 pm

Thank you.

And Happy (Heart) Birthday.
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Post by dave2589 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:17 pm

Mr. Bogle

Many more years of good health, happiness and helping us " stay the course."

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Post by nisiprius » Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:26 pm

Happy "heart birthday," Jack!
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Post by norookie » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:32 pm

:beer My hats off to you sir, Mr JBogle, sir. :mrgreen: You sent me a post card 20 + yrs ago I cherish, a 3"X 5" piece of USPS paper :wink: ! TL, ML, LAutin, AxF, tashina(a mod) and others I know nothing about as this wonderful "crew" volunteering to maintaining and moderate this commercial free site are a outstanding crew. I'd bet it's educating, financially and otherwise, many members-visitors here, myself included. If anyone should have gone to the front of the line in this life saving process sir, it would be you. However I think I know your answer to that, you'd wait. Thats character. Time fly's! Best 2U' 'n yours sir. :peace
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Post by Juniormint » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:40 pm

What a wonderful message. Happy Birthday and thank you for simply being who you are. Our lives are richer for it.

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Post by RyanC » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:47 pm

Thank you Mr. Bogle! And happy heart birthday to you sir!

I am proud to be a (mostly silent) member of this forum, and am very thankful to have found it when I did. I know it has made a significant difference in my investing for the future. Thanks to all the great contributors here.

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Post by peppers » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:54 pm

Un altro centinaio di anni , Salut, Mr. John C. Bogle
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Post by Fallible » Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:00 pm

Happy Birthday Jack, from one of those "ordinary investors" to whom you've given a "fair shake." :D :thumbsup
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Post by V572625694 » Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:02 pm

A lot of people hope to make a positive difference in their lives; by inventing the index fund and creating Vanguard, Mr Bogle really did that for so many of us. Happy birthday!

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Post by kikie » Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:09 pm

Aloha from Honolulu to you and that heart of yours, though, I think I'd choose the original Bogle brain, forced to choose ....... :roll:
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Post by ebeard » Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:26 pm

Thank you Mr. Bogle.

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Post by NAVigator » Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:46 pm

Thank you Mr. Bogle for creating the message. In the past 5 years, this forum has given it yet another voice.

I am so grateful for what this investing approach and Vanguard has done and the difference it has made in my life.

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Post by albedo » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:00 pm

Mr. Bogle. I’m sorry to be late to the party! It’s a rare treat to see your name posted on the forum. As others have noted, your writings, this forum and the Vanguard Group have been beacons in the financial fog for many of us. Thank you for your guidance, and a “hearty” happy birthday to you and to the Bogleheads forum! :beer

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Post by Gauntlet » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:40 pm

Happy heart birthday! I think the forum has already covered how important your investing ideas have been at improving our financial lives. So let me just add another huge thank you.

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Post by MIGIHIDARI » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:01 am

Thank you Mr. Bogle for enriching so many lives!
We will be forever grateful.
God bless!
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Post by Driver » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:03 am

Happy Birthday :D

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Post by gailcox » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:15 am

Hi Jack,

Happy 'heart' birthday to you! I'm blessed to have heard your message 13 years ago and even more blessed to have met you in person! Thanks for greeting us on the forum~it sure means a lot.

See you at Bogleheads 11!

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Post by nvboglehead » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:26 am

We have much to celebrate: Vanguard (low cost and uniquely client-owned), the Boglehead philosophy and this forum, and the fact that we have had the pleasure to meet and thank the man who started it all at the BH reunions.

It has been wonderful witnessing the success of the "Vanguard experiment".

Thank you, Mr. Bogle!

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Post by billjohnson » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:06 am

jack bogle wrote:Bless you all.

Thank you for all of your contributions to the world of finance and investing. Much health and happiness to you and your family.

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Post by mlebuf » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:12 am

Happy heart birthday, Jack! And a happy 5th anniversary to Bogleheads.org.

Presidents and kings often worry about what their legacy will be. Nevertheless, the legacy for all of us is simply what we do with our time on earth. We all know that the Jack Bogle legacy will be one of incredible excellence. Thanks to your creation of Vanguard, we now have a new answer to that old question: "Where are the customers' yachts?" We know that Taylor has one of them. :D

Through your entrepreneurship you created a way to help investors live in nicer homes, send their children to college, live more prosperous retirements and create larger endowments. And through your tireless efforts to educate investors, you continuously add more savvy investors to the fold. All of us are very grateful for the tremendous work you have done and continue to do.
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Post by HPPH » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:31 am

It is my pleasure to report that I am starting a chapter for Bogleheads in China.

So the show must be going on...

Happy Birthday to all....

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Post by DetroitRed » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:35 am

Mr. Bogle,

You're one of my heroes and it's an honor to wish you a happy heart birthday.

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Post by sandstorm » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:18 am

Happy heart birthday, Mr. Bogle. About 11 years ago my (then 80 year old) mother loaned me her copy of Common Sense on Mutual Funds and it changed my ideas about investing forever. Thank you for showing us the way through the confusion with your thoughtful, concise and logically expressed ideas. Just in one family, your wisdom has spread to 3 generations of investors! I am grateful for the chance to tell you thank you.

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Post by laughlinlvr » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:20 am

Congratulations. I am so grateful I came upon your knowledge and advice early in my investing career. :D
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Post by Mel Lindauer » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:38 am

Happy heart birthday, Jack. Thanks so much for your guidance and your friendship, which I deeply cherish.

You've made a huge difference in the lives of millions of ordinary investors. I hope your new heart keeps you going for many, many more years, since the world would never be the same without you.
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Post by Midpack » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:03 am

Thank you Mr. Bogle. Every dime we have is with Vanguard, we've done very well, and we sleep well too. Too many investors only get one or the other.

And this forum has indeed been a wonderful resource for all.

Many more Happy Birthdays to you too!
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Post by shawcroft » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:52 am

Delighted to add my wishes for a "Happy Heart Birthday" to Mr. Bogle. It was a great pleasure to meet him and his efforts on behalf of the ordinary investor are worth a Nobel Prize!
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Post by bb » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:58 pm

Jack,

It's a thrill to see a post by you. Thank you for the books, the inteviews,and
giving the little guy a shot. Your ability to communicate with such clarity is
a true gift.

Sincerely,

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Post by jeff mc » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:33 pm

another "heart-felt" note of thanks, jack!

now go get your new ticker its drivers learning permit. and stay (on) the course!

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Post by second-guesser » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:36 am

Jack , many years ago I had a girlfriend who had a major crush on Ricky Nelson. She had a posters of him in her locker and all over her room. She bought and listened constantly to all his records. Several years later he was playing in a small club and I will never forget how she looked at him when he signed his autograph for her. She was ecstatic.

I cannot describe my emotions writing to you as quite as strong as my girlfriend's feelings were for Ricky ; but it is a great honor. You have helped me in three ways. The first is obviously low cost index funds. Your books have taught me so much. Undoubtedly your greatest gift to me is how you have consistently confronted the financial industry. It shows that there are still people with courage in the public arena that speak out for all of us. Role models like that do more
good than I would guess even you realize. Thank you.

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Post by Kathleen Ryan » Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:14 am

Happy16th HeartBirthday Mr. Bogle,

We all have been truly blessed to have you in our lives, and for having you as our champion for
so many years. For some of us relatively new to the world of investing, you have been there for
us before we knew it, and will continue to be there for the generations to come.

You have taught us that investing does NOT have to be a scary process, and given us the tools to
make intelligent investing decisions on our own, with your help. No brokers for us! 8-)

It was such a thrill, and pleasure to meet you. Thank you once again for the gift of you, your time,
and the benefit of your wisdom through your books, and speeches.

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A Happy Heart Birthday/Belated Valentine's Day Limerick

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Who tirelessly leads the attack
On corporate greed
His word they should heed-
Fiduciary responsibility-many lack.

Thank you to Taylor,

who had the wonderful idea to host the first Bogleheads Reunion in his home, along with Pat. Look how the Bogleheads
phenomenon has grown through the years!

With deep appreciation and admiration,
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Post by BHCadet » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:03 am

Thank You!!!

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