Oh this is more braggadocio, but what the heck. I have been invited by James Galbraith, Chair of the Board of Directors of Economists for Peace and Security to be one of their Fellows. I have accepted the invitation. They were founded in 1989 originally as Economists Against the Arms Race, with Kenneth Arrow and Lawrence Klein as their original chairs.
While I am blathering about such stuff, one of the founders and still much involved with the group is the Father of Regional Science, Walter Isard. He served on the thesis committee of my major professor, Eugene Smolensky, at Penn. The chair of that committees was the Father of Happiness Studies, Richard Easterlin. He and I have discussed our common "intellectual ancestry." So, his major prof was Simon Kuznets, whose major prof was Wesley Clair Mitchell, whose major prof was Thorstein Veblen, whom I do not mind being intellectually descended from at all. It was only quite recently that he and I sorted this out.