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When the editor of this journal wrote me in mid-1997, he invited me, as the Financial Accounting Standards Board's (FASB) most recent former chairman, to write a retrospective of the Board's activities to date. The 25th anniversary of the FASB in 1998 just happens to coincide with the 25th anniversary of The Academy of Accounting Historians so it seemed logical to publish an overview of the FASB's history at the same time that The Academy itself was celebrating. I told the editor that such an effort was probably beyond my capabilities (I am not an historian!) and available time. So I agreed to take on a more modest project of reviewing the FASB's activities during "only" my ten and one-half years as chairman (January 1987-June 1997).



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