The day I was being hired at The Washington Post, I had a meeting with Ben. “Well,” he roared, “what the hell did you do to get here?!”
In my first job, on the foreign editing staff, I had a good view of his office and could see him prowl through the national staff, talking with the reporters who sat closest to his office, Mary Thornton, Milton Coleman, Don Oberdorfer, the greats of national news. His visits were an instant elixir. He left everyone laughing and, literally, high.