Way back in the mid-80s, near the start of my career in healthcare consulting, I took my father to 222 South Riverside Drive to see my office at Coopers & Lybrand. (That’s way back when the huge public accounting firms were known as “the Big 8,” long before C&L became part of PriceWaterhouseCoopers.) He immediately noticed the firm’s name at the front of one bank of elevators, & he said to me: “Jan, I can see how you’d enjoy working in a building like this.” His voice was kind, but I got the message. In his own special way, my Dad was saying: “Keep your feet on the ground, Jan, & don’t get too full of yourself!”
Skip ahead about 25 years & here I am, in a conference room high above Lake Michigan, courtesy of the law firm GreenbergTraurig. I don’t spend too much time in buildings like these anymore, but hey, the view’s still great. I’m here to celebrate the work of Israeli author Etgar Keret: Welcome to Chicago, Etgar!!!