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Alain Pinel reinvents himself, again

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Dust doesn't settle on the resume of Alain Pinel. It doesn't get the chance. Now a Massachusetts real estate executive, his long and varied tri-coastal career began in journalism and has hop-scotched across two continents. He has retired and un-retired -- a couple of times. Change, he says, is a tonic. "To be honest with you, I'm kind of a funny animal because I like to move," said Pinel, now an executive with William Raveis Real Estate in Massachusetts. "If there's one thing I cannot accept, it is getting bored at doing anything." In his first career, as a journalist in the late 1960s and early '70s, he covered politics, foreign affairs and economic policy in his native France and throughout Europe for major French publications and in broadcasting. "I loved it, I absolutely loved it," Pinel recalls. "I said I would never leave journalism." It was his first lesson in never saying "never." He hadn't counted on marrying a Cali...