In 1974, I was a freshman at Texas A&M and a member of the Student Conference on National Affairs. SCONA hosted Dr. Friedman as a speaker at its annual conference.
I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Friedman and to shake his hand. I got so excited about it, that the minute he walked away, I began to hyperventilate. I had to sit on a bench and put my head down for a few minutes. Later, while attending a cocktail party in his honor, my friends watched me like a hawk in the event I repeated my earlier performance.
I never got excited about rock stars–in fact, I fell asleep during every rock concert I attended in my youth. But Milton Friedman? He was bigger than the Beatles to me.
Thomas Sowell writes about his personal experiences with Dr. Friedman in the Wall Street Journal today.
Gary North wrote about him earlier this week.