Fribble Monday, November 29, 1999

Sharing With My Brother

By Ellen Gilmartin (

A few years ago, after several unsuccessful attempts to persuade my 77-year-old brother to buy a computer and get involved with AOL online, I purchased (as a joke), four shares of America Online stock for a total of $88. I gave him two shares as a Christmas present and, what the heck, I kept two for myself.

With the new split on November 22nd, we each hold 128 shares. Needless to say, my brother has purchased that computer, has taken several computer courses offered at a local high school, is surfing the net, trading online, and is many thousand dollars richer and having a blast. He constantly tells me that this was the best "dern" gift he ever received.