In the '90s, my wife worked closely with Jeannette.
Jeannette met this guy, a Harvard and MIT intellect, who seemed shy but had a creative thinking process that made you take pause.
I remember having beers with Steve and he starts talking about some of the projects he's working on as part of his graduate thesis. He says he's analyzing how people who play football pools contribute to society. Or something like that. I'm nodding my head, but I'm thinking "huh?"
We're invited to Jeannette and Steve's wedding, an outdoor ceremony in Belmont, Mass. Nice summery day. I spend some more time with Steve. And the football pools come up again.
I say to my wife that Jeannette's new husband is a nice guy, clearly smart as hell, but what is he talking about?
It's not until years later that I find some validity in what he's saying. And he's doing quite well.
Steve Leavitt, the co-author and brains behind "Freakonomics," found his niche. And some fame. Just goes to show, you never know.
We're happy for Jeannette and Steve, good folks now living in the Windy City.