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Kass: Jim Cramer's Pool

Over the past several years, in numerous e-mails, telephone calls and one-on-one meetings (on and off the set), I have learned to appreciate Jim as an investment professional and, more importantly, as a man and as a dad. His drive for perfection has resulted in huge sacrifices. But you wouldn't know it because he doesn't say it. Jim could easily be reaping the benefits of managing a multibillion-dollar hedge fund today, earning an annual income of tens of millions (if not more). Instead, he strives to educate the individual investor.

How many of us would choose the route that Jim has unselfishly traveled?

I remember so fondly when I first wrote "Jim Cramer's Pool," and Jim told me that he read this poem to his two daughters at bedtime. They were very young back then. It made me very happy and sentimental (I actually shed a tear when he e-mailed that. In doing so, Jimmy made my gig on TheStreet even more worthwhile because I know how central they are to his life (as my two sons are to me).

If you look hard at Jimmy there is always a twinkle in his eye. Behind the exterior it is all about his daughters and their importance and influence in his own life.

To turn Gertrude Stein's words around a bit, in Jimmy, there is a lot of there there. Trust me, I know. Jim is complicated. It is that what makes Jim the special person he is.

Frankly, I just admire and love the guy. I don't know how to express my admiration any better.

So, from the Anti-Cramer to the one and only real Cramer, this Bud's for you, Jimmy. Thanks for being my pal. I feel fortunate to have you as a part of my life. The subtle manner in which you guide me past my mistakes and your constructive criticism (designed to help me not repeat those mistakes) have made me a more thoughtful scribe and investor.

And you have made me a better man.

Before I deliver this year's version of "Jim Cramer's Pool," I wanted to close by wishing our subscribers, editors, technicians, management and fellow contributors a healthy and prosperous New Year. I especially wanted to thank you all for granting me the wonderful platform to present my ideas and logic in my diary, as goofy, distorted and wrong-footed as my words might seem at times.

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