Dec. 10 was magical. Shinya and his family were their gracious caring selves, as always. The award ceremony is so special with the entire Royal family involved. The dinner for 1,200 was superb—the procession of Shinya with the beautiful princess coming down the grand staircase was something to see.
A previous year’s Nobel Banquet
There was one special happening at the dance. 2012 Chemistry Laureate Bob Lefkowitz got a valiant new son-in-law. The young man got down on one knee and proposed to Bob’s daughter in the middle of the dance as we all watched. Fortunately she accepted! We erupted in applause.
Deepak and I then went to the Nobel NightCap at the Royal Institute of Technology. The students were in the finest gowns and the men in white tails—hundreds of them having their own Nobel Celebration. Absolutely great fun, decorated in a circus atmosphere with several bands—swing, jazz, chamber music and of course modern rock.
The students did circus acts and approached Deepak and me to make us feel welcome. They were amazed at how “old” I was. One asked me if I had visited Stockholm before and I told him the Nobel in 1985. “Wow, I wasn’t even born then—but I’ve read about the old days!”
Speaking of the old days, this week was a great reunion for Linda and me with our dear friends, Joe Goldstein and Mike Brown, reliving our time with them 27 years ago when they won the Nobel and we were their guests. As you can see, my lovely bride has hardly aged a day!
Joe, Linda and me at the Nobel Banquet in 1985
Joe, Linda and me at the Nobel Banquet in 2012
We got home about 3:00 AM (!!)