While this note isn’t the way I usually communicate my sentiments upon the death of a close friend, it seems appropriate as Tim, you and I have spent a good part of our time “together” using this method. Also, while his life is still fresh in my mind, I want to offer a few observations about him since we worked closely with one another for more than six months on my book, The Board.
- Without Tim, I never would have finished the book and, to the extent it has received positive reviews, much of the credit for those reviews goes to him.
- Tim had a wonderful mind: creative, incisive, thorough and, at the right times, challenging.
- He had a twinkle in his eye and behind that twinkle was a world class sense of humor: warm, new and pleasantly different.
- His knowledge and understanding of the political scene was incredibly good. In that regard, I was anxious to talk to him about what he thought would happen next here in the Golden State. I am sure that Arnold is going to need a press relations person and Tim would have been perfect. I don’t think their politics would have meshed too well, however.
- Tim’s writing skills were superb. He had a way of taking complex material and untwisting it so that a reader could easily absorb the complexities without much effort. (In this regard and in connection with other traits listed above, it helps to be brilliant.)
- As we both know, he had an incredible broad range of interests. I was looking forward to sharing some new wine with him but, instead, I’ll toast him with it.
- Most importantly, Tim was a caring person. He cared about people and their concerns. I certainly benefited from that quality in so many ways.
To say that he will be missed is a gross understatement. To say that he made a huge contribution to others is an even larger understatement. Obviously, if I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to call upon me or JoAnne Hooper.