I grew up in Hanover, N.H., the home of Dartmouth College, where my father was football coach for 21 years. My first job was on weekend mornings vacuuming the entry ways at the Hanover Inn on the green, or in the center of town, when I was 14. Eventually I advanced to breakfast busboy in the dining room. I remember punching the time clock. You had to enter through the employee entrance, get your timecard, stick it in the machine until it made that unmistakable "clunk" and place it in a holder on the wall. I learned that I didn't want to do that work for the rest of my life.
My first job after graduating was in the Dartmouth College endowment office, tracking securities in what was a $500 million portfolio, modeling income and capital gains, and reconciling the income when it came in. I learned a fair amount about public and private securities, including esoteric things like valuing a herd of zebras in Africa and accounting for royalties on book sales by Dartmouth alumnus Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
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