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This story appears in the June 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Depending on when you actually read this, I will have almostturned or just turned 50. As more of us age, that may seem fairlyroutine, but for someone (me) who doesn't handle big birthdayswell, it's momentous. The reason I'm sharing this with youis that June also marks my 20th year here at Entrepreneur, whichmeans I've devoted 40 percent of my life to business ownership.If you just count the post-college years, I've spent about 73percent of my time talking to, for and about entrepreneurs. Nowonder I'm obsessed!

So many phenomenal things have happened in my 50 years that Ifind it hard to believe we actually crammed so much innovation intosuch a short period of time. Unlike on Happy Days, Idon't remember when we first got a TV set, but I do vividlyrecall my first look at a color TV (it was at my cousin'sneighbor's house, and we watched Bonanza) sometime in themid-'60s. The revolutionary technological advance of my youthwas the transistor radio--which I took full advantage of, secretlylistening to Yankees games while I was supposed to be sleeping. Forsomeone who has (and uses) three computers, it's unbelievablethat I was 23 before I even touched a keyboard (and found ittotally intimidating). I can still remember the day in 1987 thatnow-executive editor Maria Anton and I stood in fascination andwatched a fax machine at work. "What will they think ofnext?" I wondered.

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