Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Interviews with Econometricians

For all students who have ever slept through an econometrics lecture, have you ever wondered what your professor is really like as a guy? Chant (X'X)^-1(X'Y). This set of interviews offers the "inside scoop". I'd suggest reading the Dhrymes Interview. It is unintentionally very funny and highly correlated with the man I knew at Columbia. The photos didn't come out well but that is small price to pay.

Today is my father's 70th birthday. My brother and I are having trouble believing this. I think of him as age 35 but I'm 43 so the math doesn't look right. All boys are sons of great men but my father is a giant. For the last 40 years, he has worked his tail off at NYU helping to make that Hospital and Medical School great. I have met dozens of his patients who are grateful for his efforts on their behalf. Martin L. Kahn is a serious man who was endowed with a lazy older son. His grandson will be a giant. I'm working on him! Greatness skips a generation.