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Old 07-05-2007, 12:37 PM   #1
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Journalist needs some early retirees...

Greetings kind folks. My name is Dyan Machan and I'm a writer at Smart Money magazine. We are doing a cover story on people who have figured out how to quit the r. race early (unfortunately, I'm not one of them yet). The story (which will be illustrated with lots of portraits) needs a couple of people who are still in the planning stages and have not yet jumped ship. Obviously, if the couple is super wealthy and quitting early doesn't involve any downshifting or sacrifice--it's not much of a story. I am hoping I might be able to solicit a few candidates here. But hurry, I really only have until Monday (latest) to do the interviews. Much appreciated,

Dyan
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Old 07-05-2007, 06:43 PM   #2
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My wife and I would be willing to.

I don't know if we fit your profile or not, though.

29/28. Didn't start saving any money into our 401(k) until four years ago. Struggled with credit card debt until last year. Got serious about goals this year... learning a lot about investing along the way.

We have basic cable and own one car. Our goal is to downsize even further and buy a small farmette that we can turn into an organic garden.

Now, the part where we might not fit...

Our household income is rather high.. we're not rich, but still.
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Old 07-06-2007, 07:20 AM   #3
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Humm, I was a teacher in Newark NJ left at 50 this year with my pension, sold the NJ house moved to a better lower priced area. Do things I want now. Sure I might give you a story.
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Old 07-06-2007, 07:37 AM   #4
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Dear Webzter: I would love to speak to you, and think you guys might be rather perfect. May I call you ASAP? Here are my numbers: home office (for today): 201-612-8487, cell phone: 551-804-6432, NYC office (for Monday) 212-830-9266. My regular email: dyan@dyanmachan.com. Work emal: dmachan@hearst.com

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My wife and I would be willing to.

I don't know if we fit your profile or not, though.

29/28. Didn't start saving any money into our 401(k) until four years ago. Struggled with credit card debt until last year. Got serious about goals this year... learning a lot about investing along the way.

We have basic cable and own one car. Our goal is to downsize even further and buy a small farmette that we can turn into an organic garden.

Now, the part where we might not fit...

Our household income is rather high.. we're not rich, but still.
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Old 07-06-2007, 07:39 AM   #5
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Dear Webzter: I would love to speak to you, and think you guys might be rather perfect. May I call you ASAP? Here are my numbers: home office (for today): 201-612-8487, cell phone: 551-804-6432, NYC office (for Monday) 212-830-9266. My regular email: dyan@dyanmachan.com. Work emal: dmachan@hearst.com
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Old 07-06-2007, 07:43 AM   #6
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Humm, I was a teacher in Newark NJ left at 50 this year with my pension, sold the NJ house moved to a better lower priced area. Do things I want now. Sure I might give you a story.
Dear newguy888: Might work. But not sure since you already quit. I would like to speak to you. How can I reach you? Here are my numbers: home office (for today): 201-612-8487, cell phone: 551-804-6432, NYC office (for Monday) 212-830-9266. My regular email: dyan@dyanmachan.com. Work emal: dmachan@hearst.com
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My wife and I might be interested. Just turned 48. Both work for Dow component companies. Looking to quit at some point.
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:18 PM   #8
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I may be about to retire in 2 months at 30.

When does the story come out, I wanna kinda keep things on the downlow till my store is transferred.
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Not sure if I fit the profile or not. I took an ER package (lump sum pension and 401k) during a national downsizing in megacorp in 11/03 (after 27 yrs). Found FT employment in another company for 2 1/2 years and now back with megacorp for 2 year term (13 months left to go). Figure I will retire at the end of the 2 yrs at 51 years old. Husband will work 4 more years til 55.
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