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Uniqueness is an attribute of greatness. Bill Samson was unique. No other accounting historian has had his likeness and his story told on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. Bill was the subject of such attention on July 16, 1997. But he would be the first to point out that being a poster child' for accounting history was not what pleased him the most. Rather, his life with Joan, their collection of pets, and perhaps the Harley which he drove with all the abandon of a 'rebel with a cause', were the center of the spirited person we grew to know so well. Indeed living was something Bill well did, beyond his writings and classroom teaching.



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