On Sunday someone kindly handed me a copy of several pages of a book, in which an encounter with my parents was described. The author was Otto Scott, from whom Richard Nixon borrowed the phrase "the silent majority". It was an interesting insight into my parents, at the time of my youth. The major focus was my father. My overall impression is that he was more astute and sophisticated a thinker than I had known -- something I would probably not have picked up as a youth. In the sense of being more intellectual than I thought, he was more like me than I thought. I knew him as the innovative and gregarious man, rather than the thinker. He passed away in 2002, at the age of 75.