"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...