Am I the last one here to find out? I can't believe nobody here let it slip, and I had to find out "on the street". Yes I am talking about "David Snowball", that avuncular Professor at Augustana College.
Well, at least Augustana College is real. It's when I tried to reach Prof. Snowball there that I found out the truth.
From the snopes.com article "David Snowball"....
Professor David Snowball, ostensibly the man behind mutualfundobserver.com, is a fictional character created by a group of investment professionals who are alumni of Augustana College, his putative college of residence. Viewing the Observer site as a small maverick enterprise, the name was cobbled together from "David", the shepherd king who slew the mighty giant Goliath -- and "Snowball", referring to the effect of compound interest on mutual fund investments held over a number of years.
So is most everyone here already aware of this? I should have been suspicious when I saw the last name "Snowball". Duh.