Each year it has been the privilege of the President of the Association to make a few remarks to the membership. Frequently this has been a scientific presentation, but it also has taken many other forms. Last year, when I found Baruj Benacerraf vascillating on the question as to which path he should take, I urged him to seize the opportunity and give us some of his more philosophical thoughts. We had heard enough about Ir genes. I stated that I would certainly follow his example next year. He, of course, then did this very successfully. In my own case, however, as next year drew ever closer, I had some second thoughts. It suddenly occurred to me that a scientific talk published in the Journal of Immunology would be a valuable asset. I would have to be sole author on the paper, something that hasn't occurred in many years and this would be quite impressive with my grants soon coming up for renewal.

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