December 1998 Issue


Eli Mason has put together a compendium of articles, editorials, letters to the editor, and some earlier unpublished material into a self-published volume, Random Thoughts: The Writings of Eli Mason. His preamble tells of his love for writing and some of his early writing experiences, and contains a very touching essay on his blindness and the loving support he receives from family and others in dealing with it. The volume begins with an unpublished submission in 1941 to the Journal of Accountancy, "Audit the Auditor." It is a proposal for a process of auditing the auditor similar to today's peer review program. Mason was ahead of his time.

What follows are his many contributions to The CPA Journal, his commentary in newsletters while president of the New York State Society of CPAs, a few newspaper articles about his role as critic of the profession, letters to the editor, which have appeared in many places, and his recent commentaries in Accounting Today.

It is worthy of the time to browse through and recall the memories and imagery of a profession changing from young adulthood to full maturity. The volume is available by faxing a request on your letterhead to Eli Mason, (212) 421-2583. *

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