Why? Throughout the writing of Watch That Rat Hole, that one question persisted. Why dig through those old files moldering in storage? Why read and reread those long-forgotten Realty Stock Review issues? Why poke into nagging questions locked into the deep recesses of my brain? Why chronicle your actions in a ringside seat witnessing the REIT Revolution? Writing this memoir was sometimes personally painful, forcing me to fess up to mistaken judgments and spreading on the public record events and experiences previously…..
KIRKUS REVIEW Debut author Campbell shares his journey as journalist and adviser covering the real estate investment trust market in this financial history and memoir. In 1961, the author moved his wife and children from Ohio to the New York City area for the next step in his journalism career: working at House & Home, a Time Inc.–owned trade publication. His new boss directed him to “watch that rat hole”—that is, to track real estate investment trusts, a financial product…..
Ken, I finished your book this weekend. I want to thank the author. Ken, I remember the real estate syndication days that preceded the modern REIT era. So I enjoyed reading about the 1970 and 1980 early REIT days. However, for me the best parts of your book were the parts about you. Your early upbringing, and your so supportive wife. Next time I see you at a NAREIT function, I have lots of follow up questions for you. George J. Alburger,…..
Ken, Leland Speed called me a couple of weeks ago and told me about your new book. I immediately ordered it and have been enjoying every word…about 50% done. Hate to put it down but purposely reading a chapter or so every day! I really enjoyed learning of your earlier background since I am pretty knowledgeable about the time post 1972. Nevertheless, it is fun to renew some of the old names from the early days. Congratulations on a very…..
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries are in process of digitizing issues of Realty Trust Review/Realty Stock Review from March 1970 to June 1990. Upon completion in late 2017, the Libraries will make the materials accessible to the scholarly community worldwide through online open access platforms such as the Internet Archive. RTR/RSR issues are quoted extensively in Watch That Rat Hole and digitization will make the contents available to readers and scholars everywhere. and accessible as possible.”
In honor of his wife Irene Applegate Campbell, the author is assigning all royalties from Watch That Rat Hole to the ChildPromise Angel Scholarship Fund to aid youth in the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley area.
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