An old friend of mine, Evan Picoult, invited us to a very enjoyable Ayn Rand Institute fund-raising dinner last night in Chicago.
Evan, who lives in New York, ended up not being able to make it himself, which was a big disappointment. I knew him when we were both students at Columbia in New York. I was an undergrad, he was a grad student in physics.
Even without Evan, we did have a very good time. The food was delicious, the speakers entertaining and knowledgeable.
I was also glad to see Lin Zinser again. I hadn't seen her in quite a while. She's currently director of Public Outreach at the institute.
Terry Savage, a syndicated financial columnist, was there, as was Jonathan Hoenig, who frequently appears on the Fox News channel.
One of the highlights, for me, was the short speech given by a young man of about 13, a student in the Chicago public school system, who was a happy beneficiary of the institute's free-books-for-schools program. His enthusiasm was contagious.
The world is forever sprung
anew in the minds of the young.