Thanks for your congrats. Yes, the number was about 75 a share but it did close one day (85 bucks) that month (August, I believe) that we had a really fine, fine get together here in Seattle. It's something I will never forget. Those really were "the good ole days). Now, Amgen is a fully integrated biotech that is the biggest in the world. My three wishes that took a total of about 10 years included, a chat with Gordon Binder about two things that needed to be done. Both were: Don't keep all company activities to themselves; share it with the stockholders and,change some of the accounting procedures.
Later, came my persistant pushing for a dividend for the devoted long term sharholders, That was rough. I had a conversation with Kevin and he and the board finally made the move. (I can assure you that my talk alone, didn't make the final decision but I never let loose).
The last was, Kevin's departing of the premises. I thought he should have been fired for his poor management but he beat me to it, he retired. Same result. I am very happy. I thought his announcement would give us about a four point gain. It came to just about ten points.
I am looking forward to see how the new man does. In my opinion, he has more needed skills/backgroundthan Kevin.
I strongly believe that all my newspaper and web interviews plus those CNBC interviews were of great help and I thank the media for their interest.