Full text: Brief von Tibor Scitovsky an Josef Steindl

1175 N. Lemon Ave., 
MenU Park, Cal. 94025 
November 4, 1984. 
Dear Josef, 
Many thanks for your beautiful card from the Reinhardt 
museum in Winterthur. We too would like to spend another Swiss holiday 
with you and have just begun looking for a tenant with whom we could 
leave our house, garden and cat in good hands. 
As to the Valais, it sounds attractive but there are a number 
of difficulties. To begin with, I was quite unable to decypher the name 
of the place you mention in your card, though armed with both magnifying 
glass and a good map of Switzerland. We have never been to the Valais, so 
we have to rely on your advice and guidance. The second difficulty is that 
our hotel needs are very different from yours; can you advise us beyond 
suggesting a place with beautiful walks and scenery also with respect to a 
good place to stay? Elisabeth is so pleased with the comfort, pleasant 
atmosphere, good food and reasonable prices of the Pensiun Privata that 
she cannot imagine finding anything comparable elsewhere. Thirdly, two 
friends who on our recommendation went to the Engadin last summer reported 
back that that seems to be the only part of Switzerland that has not been 
spoiled by excessive tourism and catering to tourism. 
In view of all the above, would you be kind enough to write again soon 
and say a little more (and more legibly) about the Valais, if possible with 
a suggestion or two also about places to stay. If we manage to get people to 
take care of our house, we might be able to stay a little longer, dividing 
the time between the Valais and Sils. It is probably none too soon to make 
summer plans and reservations, especially in view of the absurdly high value 
of the $, which seems to inundate Europe with US tourists. 
Elisabeth is retiring from her job at the end of this month, which makes 
us all the more anxious to spend a little more time in Europe this summer. 
I have not written much that would be worth sending; but an appraisal of 
Abba Lerner's lifetime work is coming out in December; and I will send you a 
copy although I doubt if you were one of his admirers. It was hard work, 
because it forced me to read more than I usually do. My comparative study of 
Taiwan and South Korea is also coming out in print. Apart from that, I am 
preparing for publication a few unpublished and half-finished papers for a 
volume of articles containing my efforts on the borderline of economics and 
psychology; and I am now busy writing a couple of short summary articles for 
the forthcoming new edition of Palgrave's Dictionary of Political Economy. 
All that, however, is quite slow going. 
Let me wish you all the best and convey also Elisabeth's best regards, 
Yours ever

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