You'll notice my own name among those of my colleagues. I have left the group for several bouts of a few months at a time. One of great aspects of my job is that you can move to Houston, or Highland Falls, or Sweden, or even Botswana and never miss a pay check. I don't understand it, but I ain't asking any questions.
Most of the names on the list above are good friends. I won't tell stories on specific individuals, but these people represent some good ones. A lot of them, I know where they are today. All those with whom I worked directly I know where they presently reside. A few are retired.
Lately I have been reflecting on the values of being older. One of those advantages is that you have a long, long list of friends. I count myself fortunate to know people around the world.
G^d gave us the gift of friendship. I count it as one of my richest blessings!
Most of you reading this are friends. Please accept my sincerest thanks.