Anna Schwartz, an economist and co-author of a book on monetary policy with the late Milton Friedman, has passed away at the age of 96. I don't think I can add much since I never got to know her very well, but I can share something.
I can remember several years ago (i.e. about five years ago) getting in touch with Anna Schwartz via email because I wanted to chat about economics and ask her for her opinion. For me, I was drawn to her because of her age. I've always felt that our elders are a great resource to tap into, since they have a certain nexus with history that others don't. For they actually lived through events we only read about. So, even if I were to disagree with a person, just the wealth of knowledge was enough to impress me.
So, I found myself chatting with Anna a little bit. What really sticks out in my mind was being awestruck by the fact she was in her 90s and still working! I can remember her being very busy going to do work for the NBER just a few years ago! What an impressive lady.
Mark served honorably for four years on active duty in the Marine Corps infantry, and was a Libertarian endorsed candidate for a municipal office in 2002. He re-enlisted in the ARNG in 2006 because he was depressed/at times SI without the military. He has held the NFA Series 3 license (futures and futures options broker) which he did a voluntary withdrawal on because he couldn't in good conscience sell managed futures since firms would do better to hire an in-house trader to trade a proprietary account with a discount broker, which he outlined in his well-written withdrawal request. Since the year 2000, he has spent much of his free time reading the great minds of the Austrian School of economics, such as Murray Rothbard, Henry Hazlitt, Ludwig von Mises, et al.