I was lucky enough to be honored by the Thinkers 50 last year with their lifetime achievement award. If the phrase "time of my life" had not been invented, I would have invented it on the spot. First the turnout: "Everybody was there" is only the slightest exaggeration. Stars in my field whose work I had admired and used for decades, most of whom I'd never met "F2F," were present--by the dozen. My head was literally twirling from one old/new colleague to another.
I despise Black Tie events, and avoid them like the plague. This one was . . .