Today is April 8, 2004, exactly 6 months from the day of the phone call. At the end of the call, Gunnar Oquist told Rob that his life would never be the same. Well, so far he's right and the new touches are quite wonderful. Robert Merton, Harvard's previous Nobel winner in Economics, told me that sometimes depression accompanies the prize. So far, that hasn't come knocking at our door. Instead it's been a time of joyous celebration, seeing friends and students from all over the world, and many new opportunities. NYU is starting a new research center for Rob- the Finanacial Econometrics Research Center. Who knows, ARCH may become a household name!!!!
There have been many requests from all over the world for talks, honorary degrees, press events. Who knew? I've asked Robert Ferstenberg to write today what the six months has meant to him. I've attached his comments and printed them below also.
I'd very much appreciate more comments from each of you to give to Rob and to put on the website if you
don't mind. If you don't want them published there, then I won't.
I hope that you and your families are well this holiday season. Spring is just about here in New York.