Tuesday, October 30, 2012
School Choice Advocate
Celebrating a Century
Worldwide, thousands honor the 100-year legacy of Milton Friedman
Dr. Condoleezza Rice at the Friedman Foundation’s “Power of One” dinner in Chicago, July 31, where she recalled her time with Milton Friedman as faculty at Stanford University. “Heaven knows we miss every day the moral certainty of Milton and Rose,” Dr. Rice said. “But it echoes still….”
“Milton Friedman passed away in 2006, but his spirit lives on among lovers of economic liberty around the world,” wrote commentator Michelle Malkin. “There are celebrations taking place in 43 countries and all 50 states to commemorate Friedman at 100.”
Indeed, on July 31, the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, with help from a lot of friends, hosted the largest-ever celebration for its founder. At events both state-based and international, Milton Friedman and his enduring ideas were the topics of discussion.
In Iowa, Gov. Terry Branstad spoke at a “Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day” breakfast. Fort Wayne, Indiana welcomed Dick Morris to a reception gathering. In Paraguay, a student of Dr. Friedman’s shared memories of his one-time professor and friend. Bogota, Colombia’s event featured the country’s previous financial minister, a believer in sound monetary policy. In Maine, the governor even declared it “Milton Friedman Day”!
But the capstone event was held in Chicago, where around 400 guests got to know more about Dr. Friedman from his former colleagues. Held at the Drake Hotel, the Friedman Foundation’s “Power of One” dinner gala featured Dr. Condoleezza Rice, CME Group’s chairman emeritus Leo Melamed, Alan Greenspan, and Dr. Patrick Byrne, Foundation board chairman and CEO of Overstock.com, who recalled their memorable interactions with the late champion of free markets.
In every state, in 43 countries, and in myriad news outlets on July 31, Milton Friedman’s contributions to the free world were remembered. And with every July 31 to come, his supporters and legacy foundation will ensure they are never forgotten.
|Mayor Rahm Emanuel and guest of the CME Group pose for a photo at the “Power of One” reception
||Sequel Youth and Family Services were one of many sponsors of the Chicago celebration for Milton Friedman.
||Leo Melamed, left, chairman emeritus of the CME Group, welcomes Foundation board chairman Patrick Byrne to the stage.