Do you take something from the people whose paths cross yours?
I try to. I’ve taken examples of the work ethic of others and tried to make them my own. And I’ve taken examples of the bad behavior of others and tried to avoid making the same mistakes.
I took something from Clem Roy and Bob Paquette many years ago.
Clem died Tuesday. 64. Brain cancer. He was a lobbyist at the Capitol, but lobbyist is just something to call him. He was a man in full. A ladies’ man I met when, years ago, he’d come calling on one of my colleagues. I enjoyed talking to him. I learned things. Our conversations made me better.
Bob died over the weekend. 55. Apparent heart attack. Bob handled the local information on NPR’s “Morning Edition” on WFCR in Amherst. He was, by all accounts, not only the voice of the station, but also its conscience. WFCR is at UMass, where Bob and I met as students. We worked at WMUA, the student-run radio station. I admired his commitment to excellence. But more than that, I admired his sincerity. It was a trait I envied but could never equal.
I hadn’t seen either man in years. But I thank them for their contributions to my life.