After graduating from high
school in Beaumont, Texas,
in 1964, Jess attended Michigan
State University where he majored in
accounting and played football (Rose Bowl 1966). The
Cincinnati Bengals drafted him in 1967 and he subsequently
played professional football for the next ten years,
retiring in 1977 while then a member of the New England
Patriots. During Jess'
decade long NFL career,
he played for four teams: Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans
Saints, Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots.
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Jess' football off-seasons during the late 1960s and
early 1970s, he worked as a mortgage loan officer for then
Central Trust Bank in Cincinnati and he worked for a company
that printed weekly commodity charts and mailed them out to
futures' brokers and traders
has been interested in stocks and commodity futures for many
years. In the summer of 1957, Jess' Mother and the
librarian at the Wall Street Branch of the local library in Beaumont, TX
, caught a local farmer doing
a very, very bad thing: he was cutting stock and commodity
futures' prices out of back issues of the Wall Street
Journal. The farmer never did that again and Jess got his
first job (five bucks a week) hand-copying stock and
commodity futures' quotes from back issues of the Journal.
Jess, has been fascinated by and a student of these markets
hobbies are old cars and new cameras.
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