Mr. President, members of the society, and guests:

Thank you so much, President Carlson, and Raymond for those kind words. At the start of the new millennium, I am enormously grateful to be the 50th recipient of the MSA award. On hearing that I had received this award, I did what anyone with a peculiar fascination with the literature might (or might not) do: I wandered to my library and read all of the previous 49 citations and acceptances of this award. This was both a humbling and interesting experience, particularly in identifying the commonalities and differences between myself and...

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