Stirling Newberry is without a doubt one of the smartest people I have ever met. I had the good fortune of sitting on a panel with him a few years ago. While I had spent an inordinate amount of time preparing my presentation, he got up -- with no notes -- and gave a doctoral presentation on the then state of the economic debate from memory. Its fair to say he's forgotten more about history and economics then most people remember. He's also the person most responsible for my becoming an economic blogger.
Unfortunately, Stirling has had a stroke.
We wish you all the best and hope for a speedy recovery.