This is a hard letter to write because today I say goodbye. It's also hard because there are so many things I'd like to say, so many stories I'd like to relate, so many people I'd like to congratulate and so many more I'd like to thank.
My biggest thanks goes, of course, to my family, especially my wife Christine, who put up with 80-hour work weeks and not having me around much. A heartfelt thanks also to Bob Suskind at LSU who recognized the importance of what I would be doing, and brought me to his department to do it. John Lewy at Tulane, my other Chairperson, deserves a pat on the back, as well. And then, like an Academy Award winner, I'd like to thank each and every member of the AAP staff. I can't name you all, so everyone please accept my thanks.