Ed Koch was the first politician of stature I had ever interviewed, and I flubbed it. I wanted to ask him about the corruption cases that were just then being exposed, but he out-talked me, and I was too young to know that I should have simply forced my way back into the conversation. ...
As we were driving back into town, I told him about our first encounter, several years earlier, and I said his filibustering kept me from asking what I wanted to ask. Why didn't I interrupt, he asked. I told him I was abashed. He responded: "Being abashed is a waste of time."
The best part of having immigrant parents is the work ethic they
instill. I was never without a job including the four years I was in
college and have since had a very lucrative career as an entrepreneur.
Daddy could have afforded to pay my rent after I moved out, but asking
him would have been as absurd as me asking you. He’d assume I had a head
injury or something.