Glad you stopped by — twice! I was just so moved upon hearing of his passing. And as you mentioned, it happened at a time when I was so worried about all the political sturm und drang, so it gave me a chance to listen to a voice that evoked a different time in my life and millions of other lives. And to thank a man who taught me how to face adversity — and the end of life — with dignity and grace.

Award-winning former features reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star, HuffPo contributor and author.

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