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Alan Greenspan

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Alan Greenspan was born in 1926 and reared in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. After studying the clarinet at Juilliard and working as a professional musician, he earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from New York University. In 1954, he cofounded the economic consulting firm Townsend-Greenspan & Co. From 1974 to 1977, he served as chair of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Gerald Ford. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan appointed him chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, a position he held until his retirement in 2006.

James Freeman

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JAMES FREEMAN is the founder and owner of Blue Bottle Coffee Co. After starting out in a tiny converted potting shed in Oakland a few years ago, Blue Bottle is now one of the country's leading artisan roasters, with six cafés in the San Francisco Bay Area, roasteries on both coasts, a kiosk on the High Line, and locations in Rockefeller Center and Chelsea in Manhattan. In addition to their cafes, Blue Bottle is served in fine restaurants nationwide, including Chez Panisse, Gramercy Tavern, Coi and others, and regularly garners national media attention. See www.bluebottlecoffee.com for more.