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CHAPTER 14 Early Days and Near Mishaps Bradd Hart “A colleague from Paris, shortly after arriving said, ‘this is fantastic—anything I want to know and anyone I want to talk with—I just walk out of my office and take a look around!’” My first explicit memory of the Fields Institute comes from Jerry Marsden. I was a postdoc at Berkeley, and Jerry and I played squash. As I started to apply for jobs, I asked for his opinion. He said that I should definitely consider the Toronto area because there was going to be a new and exciting mathematics institute in Southern Ontario. Although I had no idea at the time that he was going to be the Director, I was impressed, having spent time in Berkeley and seeing the importance of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI). It seemed incredible that there was going to be a similar institute in Ontario. After I accepted a job at McMaster University, Matt Valeriote and I immediately started scheming about how to