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Unintimidable: Boston University's 'Silver Unicorn'

DauTieng59 Wrote: Oct 03, 2012 9:19 PM
Someone with a pleasant personality may just be a suck up. As Jefferson said about liberty it's a tempestuous sea. God bless liberty.

"I'VE NEVER been intimidated by anyone," John Silber once told me. "I don't know the meaning of the word."

I never doubted it.

Twice I worked for the former Boston University president, who died Thursday at 86. As a BU law student in the early 1980s I landed a part-time job as a researcher in Silber's office on Bay State Road. Several years later, with both law school and my exceedingly brief legal career behind me, I returned for a full-time job with the exalted title of Assistant to the President.

However lofty the title, reality was something else. Having...