I met Bob the first day I was there. I met John Rensenbrink first on the line waiting to register and he invited me to go to dinner. It was at somebody’s apartment, a very unforgettable person, but Bob Gaudino was there. There were four men sharing a small house. Then Bob took me to […]

Oh, Strauss was a fabulous teacher. I took his class, actually audited, on Machiavelli, on the Discourses, and we went paragraph by paragraph through it. Clark Bouton once said to me, “You’re lucky you didn’t take The Prince. It’s only 95 pages. We went sentence by sentence.” No, Strauss was a fabulous teacher. You didn’t […]

We went down to Washington for the political science convention, Bob Gaudino and John Rensenbrink and I, and when we came down we couldn’t find a place for the three of us to stay. In those days, if you remember, two men and a woman, there was no way. And I ended up sleeping at […]

They were a nice group. Nobody had very much money. Graduate students were poverty stricken lot. They took turns cleaning and I know they took turns cooking. I remember going over there and Richard Staveley had an apron on and looked very busy in the kitchen.

He really understood me better than I realized. My father had died that year and he encouraged me to leave New York after I had finished my degree and come down to Washington. He helped me find a place. It was during the [Eisenhower-Stevenson presidential] campaign years ago. He said, “You should go in, see […]

I visited Bob several times while he was at Williams College. He had a little apartment with a wood burning stove to keep the whole place warm and also he cooked on it. It was just pleasant to be with him.

He wrote to me. I think in Paris. Yeah, we were in Paris and he wrote to me that they were not sure whether it was Parkinson’s or something else. No, it wasn’t glum. It was a matter of fact kind of letter: I’ve been diagnosed with this, progressive neurological, and that’s what it was. […]

As alone as he was in personality, it does not surprise me that he would reach out that way. I think Bob intuitively, instinctively knew that if he reaches out, people will reach back to him. The very fact that he wanted to talk about it, that is a reaching out in incredible fashion. It […]

He really changed my life by encouraging me to come down here to Washington and not stay in New York with my mother. I wasn’t really aware until later of what had happened. I just thought this was a good idea to go down here and work on the [1956 Adlai Stevenson] campaign. My father […]

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