Milton Friedman passes away at 94
Here is the NYT story, still gated. Here are more articles.
I believe Capitalism and Freedom was the second or third book I ever read on economics and it definitely shaped my life. I knew Milton only a bit but he was always gracious and of course razor sharp and a lover of liberty and prosperity. He was one of the most important minds of the second half of the twentieth century and his influence remains felt all around the world. In purely academic terms, he easily could have won two or three Nobel Prizes from the quality and quantity of his work.
Here is Levitt’s brief tribute. Here is WSJ.com, via Brad DeLong.