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10 October 2015 - Thank You

There are only two words in my vocabulary that I can use to begin this week’s Samuelson Sez . . . those two words are “Thank You,” to all of you for your concerns, your thoughts, your god wishes and your prayers. For as long as I have been in this business, I am still amazed at how many of you find the time to send those wishes by e-mail, by card, by telephone, or whatever means you use, but again I Thank You very much for your thoughtfulness.

Then, I want to discuss the technology that we take for granted today, until we become the recipient of this world of science, research and technology. I talk a great deal about the use of science and technology in the world of food production that we so vitally need to feed a growing world population.

Now that I have this recovery time at home to contemplate life, world events, who will win the World Series and college football championship, what the Court did to WOTUS and what our final crop production numbers will be for 2015, I have reached one very firm conclusion. We are very fortunate to live in a time when we have the people and their knowledge to improve our way of life and to make it healthier, safer and more enjoyable if we deal with it responsibly.
I know for sure that I do want to live in this world of technology, not in the world of anonymous bloggers.

Just one example...on September 18th, I underwent a five-hour surgery, my chest was cut open and a valve from a calf and a valve from a pig were inserted into my heart to repair faulty valves and make my 81-year-old heart as good as new. Five days later, I walked out of the hospital, returned to my home for daily exercise and walking and will likely resume my normal schedule by the first of November. Compare that with this experience in 1955, when a good friend of mine in Appleton, Wisconsin had open heart surgery and was totally confined to his bed for six months, six months of not walking or doing any physical activity!

We like to talk about the “good old days” and I guess they were for their time. But with the medicine of those days, I wouldn’t be here today and neither would many of you who I have learned in your letters and e-mails have had similar surgery. That’s why I will continue to do all I can to support science, technology and research in every aspect of our lives. And I am certain that 50 years from now, these will be remembered as the “good old days”.

My thoughts on Samuelson Sez.