One of my earliest memories is eating cow feed. They were round clusters of oats, and as I recall, they were delicious. I grew up spending weekends on my grandparent's dairy farm down the road from our house, learning how to milk cows and pick vegetables. It was a great way to grow up.

Sitting here in our offices on State Street in lower Manhattan, I was surprised how this month's feature story, "Rise of the Really Alts," (penned by Dave Lindorff) brought me right back to that farm. I thought about how my grandparents' lives would have been different if someone like U.S. Trust's Ray Schuville and his team had come along and offered to buy their property, and maybe leased it back to them and helped them run it more efficiently. (Although I'm not sure Grandpa would have been too eager to do business with some city slicker—which he defined as pretty much anyone who owned a tie.)

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