A lot of water has gone under the bridge the past 17 years with regards to our business. I will always be grateful to the National Underwriter for giving me the opportunity to comment on the many changes and challenges that have beset our business during this period.

I would also, and most especially, like to thank the many people who have responded in a positive way to my writings. Your phone calls and letters served to inspire me to continue writing. To be sure, there have also been critics of my point of view and many of their comments have been instructive.

Publications such as the National Underwriter are very important, for they provide an “outside look” at our business. Many of the key figures among insurance journalists have, over the years, provided important insight and leadership, with some playing particularly important roles in our history. It was Colonel Chauncey Ransom, a Boston publisher and trade journalist, who inspired the formation of the Boston Life Underwriters Association and who later, in 1980, was the catalyst that brought together a handful of state and local associations to form the National Association of Life Underwriters. In doing so, he helped create one of the most effective and important organizations protecting the business and the insurance-buying public.

Bill Coffin, the new editor of the National Underwriter has my every good wish for effective leadership and a successful execution of the changes he envisions. I will miss hearing from many of you as my column ends–but I will not miss the deadlines that made time pass so quickly. And so, a fond farewell and best wishes to all.