On June 8 & 9, 2015, a conference to honor Patrizia Berti was held in Modena, following her announcement of retirement; conference talk slides are available for download. My connection to Patrizia is not particularly strong, but she was there when I was trying to understand where my love for mathematics would lead me, and with hindsight it was a blessing that she and Pietro Rigo suggested Pavia as an option. She was there again when I joined mathematicians in Modena, and again I was happy she was. Now that she leaves, I like to tell her goodbye. The road goes ever on, Patrizia, and I do wish you a long, pleasant, and interesting journey ahead.

On June 17, 2012, George Casella passed away. We were not close friends, and we never published together, but I do remember his warm hospitality in Gainesville, in October 2008, when he hosted me and Guido Consonni at the Department of Statistics of the University of Florida. I remember him as a caring father, driving us to watch his son Ben playing football, though George definitely favored baseball, and telling us about his daughter Sarah playing soccer, while she was away for the weekend. I remember his wife Anne welcoming us for dinner, and we learned that their house was always open to friends and colleagues. We had a great time there, and a very fruitful one at the department. I like to remember George suggesting that one should always write down the likelihood, and recommending that methods should be Bayesian, but their performance should be assessed using frequentist criteria, though of course I am not aiming at an epitome of his statistical views. I am just trying to bid him farewell, and express my awareness that he will be sorely missed. So long, George.

I like the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive of John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson, to which I contributed biographies of Oscar Chisini and Bruno de Finetti; there is a major Website about Bruno de Finetti by his daughter Fulvia.

I also like the R.A. Fisher Digital Archive of the University of Adelaide, and there is a major Website about R.A.Fisher by John Aldrich.

"Uomini cui pietÓ non convien sempre
male accettando il destino comune,
andate, nelle sere di novembre,
a spiar delle stelle al fioco lume,
la morte e il vento, in mezzo ai camposanti,
muover le tombe e metterle vicine
come fossero tessere giganti
di un domino che non avrÓ mai fine"