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Paul G. Simeone

In 1992, on a cold, blustery spring day in Cambridge, Mass., I attended a talk which still echoes loudly in my heart and soul. The affair was quaint, almost genteel, typical of gatherings of this type; you know, small crowd, light lunch, high-calorie discourse. Just my cup of tea (pun intended).

The speaker was Robert Reich, the eminent economist who had just been appointed Secretary of Labor by his old Oxford University classmate, Bill Clinton. In an earlier and headier time, both were Rhodes Scholars who forged a close friendship born of shared values, big dreams and deep personal connection.

His talk, simply entitled, “What Do We Owe One Another as Americans” was gorgeous, 20 minutes at the most, a beautifully embroidered tapestry of politics, economics and penetrating social commentary. To this day, I have not had a lunch that nutritious.

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