I met Steve in August 1968 when he and I were assigned as office mates in the old Social Science Building of the University of Chicago. Steve was visiting Chicago, finishing up his book on sharecropping – we had many talks about it – and I was just starting as an assistant professor. Of course I learned in the first half hour of our friendship that Steve was a star in photography, in kite flying, in ping pong, and in Chinese checkers…and economics! Well, he was – I can testify to the economics and the photography (he once told me that he thought in English as an economist but in Chinese as a photographer); and I did once catch sight of him playing a mean game of ping pong. I was dazzled by the Famous Chicago Department, but Steve got me going in a slightly different – and very UCLA – direction, leading me to work on enclosures and open fields in England.
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