Also, I should also thank the taxpayers of the United States and Austria who provided funds for the Fulbright Fellowship program that financed a year of research in Vienna. That year was a highlight of my life. Many thanks!
I should also thank taxpayers for other things, such as the great roads that take me quickly from place to place and coast to coast, the airports at which I have spent so much time, the national forests and parks I have visited, and many other things have made life both more efficient and rich. Please include these things in my overall thanks.
I have also tried to repay my debt to taxpayers by working seriously and hard to provide things of value (mostly knowledge, information, and skills) to students and to others who took classes that I taught, participated in the programs I managed, or read the results of my research. I hope that by the end my accomplishments will have justified the sacrifices made by taxpayers. If they don't, it was my fault and I apologize. If they did, I know I didn't achieve them alone.
So, thanks again to all the people, past and present, who have paid their fair share of taxes, making it possible for people like me to have so many opportunities in life. I hope that I and others of my generation, and those that follow, will continue to pass along such opportunities to others.