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After 21 years analyzing the ups and downs of insurance industry stocks for National Underwriter, Thomas K. Meakin publishes his final column with us this week on page 30.

Toms folksy style and easy humor about the market overall, as well as the many individual winners and losers on Wall Street, set him apart from other analysts focusing on this special niche.

Tom was in the business long enough to realize never to automatically take any market rise or fall too seriously, given the quirks of the stock exchanges in general, and insurance stocks in particular, when a stiff wind could wipe out any industry rally.

We thank Tom for keeping an eye on the bulls and bears all these years, and wish him well in his future pursuits. In a field sullied recently by some rogues, Tom Meakin is a gentleman and a scholar, and there arent many of them left.

Reproduced from National Underwriter Edition, February 3, 2003. Copyright 2003 by The National Underwriter Company in the serial publication. All rights reserved.Copyright in this article as an independent work may be held by the author.