An Email from the Michael Jordan of Economics

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I received the following email from Dr. Gary Becker with regard to the post I had on him sometime back, The Secret of Gary Becker.

I DO REMEMBER THE LETTER FROM FRIEDMAN. IT WAS INITIALLY VERY UPSETTING, BUT I REALIZED HE WAS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. I BELEIVE I WROTE ABOUT THAT EPISODE IN MY ARTICLE ON FRIEDMAN AS A TEACHER.

I FELT I HAD GOOD IDEAS IN THIS EARLY VERSION OF MY THESIS ON DISCRIMINATION, BUT I HAD MADE LITTLE EFFORT TO CONVEY THE IDEAS TO OTHERS. BY TRYING TO DO THAT, ONE USUALLY DISCOVERS WHAT YOU UNDERSTAND WELL AND WHAT YOU DO NOT. IT WAS A GREAT LESSON FOR ME THAT I HAVE TRIED TO INCORPORATE IN MY WRITING.

ON YOUR GENERAL POINT, I WAS VERY FORTUNATE THAT I HAD A FEW GREAT TEACHERS-WITH FRIEDMAN CLEARLY THE BEST.

-GARY S. BECKER

There is an interview (warning; a large file 9 MB) with Becker and Posner at Radio Economics blog. Mostly its about blogging but they also comment on issues like who will replace Alan Greenspan. I think the approach they are using at Becker and Posner with one person taking the lead on writing a post about an agreed topic and the other commenting is a useful model for a group blog. Posner also comments about his latest column in The New York Times: "Bad News". Daniel Drezner has links to blogosphere´┐Żs reaction to the Posner article. I was curious why the Anti Becker Posner Blog was not mentioned in their interview.

If anybody comes across the web link for the Becker article on Friedman as a Teacher, please let us know.

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Dear Micheal Jordan ,
I am a 12 year old girl from england and i adore playing basketball.And i am your biggest fan ever! I am collecting autographs of famous sports people and i would like to ask you if you could spare the time to send me yours please.

I would like to wish you and your family a happy easter....

yours, Sophie Rankin

This is my address

62 victoria street
melton mowbray
leicestershire
le13 0as thank you very much ... micheal xx
england

Dear Micheal Jordan ,
I am a 12 year old girl from england and i adore playing basketball.And i am your biggest fan ever! I am collecting autographs of famous sports people and i would like to ask you if you could spare the time to send me yours please.

I would like to wish you and your family a happy easter....

yours, Sophie Rankin

This is my address

62 victoria street
melton mowbray
leicestershire
le13 0as thank you very much ... micheal xx
england

Dear MICHAEL JORDAN,
My name is Corey Elmore, I am 17 years old and i live in Bloomington,Ill. Your are the best basketball player I have ever seen. You have set me to believe anything is possible even if it isn't. My mom and my aunt told me that my very first two words that came out of my mouth was Michael Jordan. I have collected Everything that involves you including,posters, magazines, cards, books, I even have the movie Space Jam. I am addicted to Basketball and that is because you have showed me that basketball is life. You are My role Model and always will be even though you have retired. Ever since you left the Chicago Bulls they haven't been anything. My dream is to be in the NBA and even though my mom doubts it I know that i can make it because you have built my set my self esteem to the moon and back. I have always wanted to go to a NBA game but i doubt that will happen because i live in bloomington and my mom has to take care of 4 other kids. I have always wanted to see you in person even if you are retired. My number one wish is to get an autograph from you that would be the greatest thing in my life. I am so addicted to Basketball that i sleep with one. I also sleep with your cards right next to me. If i could talk to you over the phone i would be so happy. I have been playing basketball on a team for 13 years and i will never stop. I also wish that you come back to the NBA because your the main act like a clown at a circus. You mean so much to me even though i don't= know you but I am the biggest fan in the world of you. I play basketball outside everyday for about 4-5 hours pretending like I am in the NBA and maybe someday i will be. I play in the snow, rain, 100 degreez weather because i love basketball. My first tatoo will be the jumpman sign because i believe that it represents you. There will never be another person on this earth that is as good as you. My phone number is (309) 808-1214. I live at:

Corey Elmore
1409 S. Mason ST.
Bloominton Illinois
61701
United States
Your biggest fan Corey Elmore

P.S. Could you please call me or send me an Autograph I would be the happiest person in the world.

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