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48 Infrastructure 1 (2008-2009)

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Vol. 48, No, 1, Fall 200}8

Alfred Kahn on His 90th
Birthday: The Birth of
By Judge Richard D. Cudahy
everal months ago I was invited to partici-
pate in a conference at the University of Col-
orado Law School, honoring Dr. Alfred Kahn
on his 90th birthday. I had known Fred (as we
call him) since he was chairman of the New York
Public Service Commission in the early 1970s,
and I served in a like capacity on the Wisconsin
Commission. He was later chairman of the Civil
Aeronautics Board (CAB), where he spearheaded
the historic deregulation of the airlines (already
suggested by the Ford administration and precur-
sor steps taken by former chairman, John Rob-
son). Later still, Dr. Kahn became chief advisor on inflation to the White House.
Before his career in regulation, Fred was an economics professor at Comell
University and dean of the university's College of Arts and Sciences; throughout
he has been a prominent economist, author, and extraordinarily popular speaker
and discussant on ground-breaking economic ideas.
The organizer of the Boulder conference was Philip Weiser, a law professor
and executive director of the Silicon Flatirons Center, which is attached to the
law school. Professor Weiser provided the various documents generated at the
conference, including a copy of Dr. Kahn's remarks and personal reminiscenc-
es about the historic deregulation of the airlines, about antitrust policy, and
about the application of these developments to current topics.
Excerpts adapted from A Grateful Response and Supplement
By Alfred E. Kahn, September 5, 2008, University of Colorado
I am overwhelmed by this celebration, and cannot
possibly convey the full measure of my gratitude to my
friends and collaborators-all of them also mentors-
who have organized and participated in it. In responding
to these honors, I jotted down a reminder of Groucho
Marx's advice to young would-be entrepreneurs: The
(continued on page 6)  Richard D. Cudahy


* Chair's column
 Editor's note
p. 2
* The Market
Best Approach?
p. 3

* Annual Spring
p. 11


Richard D. Cudahy is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals,
7th Circuit, in Chicago and coeditor of Infrastructure.

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