The New York Times once labeled William Kunstler “America’s most controversial lawyer.”
What earned him that distinction was his defense of the so-called “Chicago Seven,” a group of young radicals who tried to disrupt the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
But the Chicago Seven were hardly Kunstler’s most controversial clients. He also represented clients ranging from Jack Ruby to U.S. Marine and Russian spy Clayton Lonetree, to the man known as The Blind Sheikh, the man behind the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
I met William Kunstler in 1994, when he wrote his autobiography, a book titled My Life As a Radical Lawyer.
Last week the National Football League and its fans lost a truly iconic figure, Don Shula, the all-time winningest NFL coach, died at the age of 90.
I met Don Shula in 1995, just a few months before the start of what would be his final season coaching in the NFL. He had written a book on coaching and leadership, along with Ken Blanchard, the prolific author who [s best known for his book “The One Minute Manager.”
Here now, from 1995, Don Shula and Ken Blanchard:
To this day, the 1972 Miami Dolphins team that Don Shula coached is still the only team that’s ever put together a perfect, undefeated season.
After COVID took its toll, and forced remote learning on millions of kids, school boards all over the country are now dealing with loud, sometimes ferocious, debates over everything from mask mandates to gender pronouns to critical race theory.
But debate over education is nothing new.
A generation ago, a Chicago educator with unusual methods was both widely praised and roundly criticized.
Yet it was hard to argue with the success that Marva Collins had with the students who attended her private inner city elementary school.
I met her some 31 years ago as we have a conversation about the state of education, and her unusual methods.
The United States marks Veterans Day tomorrow. And very recently, we lost one of the most revered veterans of modern times.
The son of Jamaican immigrants, Colin Powell was a lifelong soldier.
He joined the ROTC while in college in the 1950s, then served two tours of Duty in Vietnam in the 1960s. In 1979 he was promoted to Brigadier General, and by 1989, he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
When George W Bush was elected in 2000, he named Powell his Secretary of State. a post Powell held for Mr. Bush’s first term.
I met Colin Powell in 1996, when he was promoting his autobiography, a book called My American Journey.