Below the fold are a bunch of pictures taken at a Halloween party at Pete and Rosemary's apartment on Nov. 1, 1987. As you'll see, there were quite a few folks there who are well-known names in Austrian economics and the free market movement. And they were all 23 years younger (and it's hard to believe it was, in fact, almost 25 years ago). Three of your hosts (Pete, Dave and I) are included. Chris and Pete are not, as they were probably already tucked in bed, given that they were in grade school at the time - although Leeson was probably falling asleep reading some Mises.
That weekend/party is well-remembered for other reasons as well. For me, it was particularly notable as that party was the first real "date" my now-wife Jody and I ever went on. It's nice to have pictures from your first date with your wife of over 21 years! Maybe not so nice for her as she was a GMU undergrad at the time - though older than me - and to this day, I'm not sure she thinks it was a good idea to go to a party where some of her professors were in costume and drinking. In any case, below the fold is a whole slew of pictures from that party.
A note for our younger readers: note the beer being drunk. It is a historical fact that there was no good beer in the mid-80s. Just another piece of evidence that things are, in fact, much better today than in generations past.
Okay, first up is our modern-day Bastiat Don Boudreaux of Cafe Hayek, who came to the party as Leland Yeager and was hysterical in the role. That's Jerry Ellig in the background and I believe that's Wayne Gable in the orange costume (at least that's what my notes in the photo album said).
Here's Tyler Cowen on the left and that's Richard Fink, founder of the Austrian center at GMU and now with Koch Industries, in the center.
On the left here, in his near shirtless glory, is Matt Kibbe, now the head of Dick Armey's FreedomWorks and Tea Partier extraordinaire. Drinking the beer is Gary O'Callaghan, a then-grad student who I believe teaches in Ireland now.
And everyone's favorite editor of The Freeman was there. Here's Sheldon Richman on the left with Jerry and Deb Walker, another GMU grad student of that era. The woman on the right is a friend of Deb's whose name was Beth, according to my notes.
Never let it be said that Dave Prychitko doesn't know how to make an entrance. This is what he was wearing when he walked in the door that night. Still cracks me up looking at it.
I'm not sure what it says that Pete, Dave and I have all been married to the same women for well over 20 years each. I think it says that the three women are complete and utter saints with the patience of Job.
Here's Julie and Dave, sans Hitler head.
Here's Rosemary and Pete. Insert your own clown joke about Pete here.
And finally Jody and me. One side story is that I picked her up at her parents' house that night and met my future in-laws for the first time dressed as Curly from The Three Stooges (calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard). Insert your preferred snarky remark about me as a Stooge here.
That's it for this trip down memory lane. Have a great new year everyone!