|Forum topic by bunkie||posted 11-20-2012 10:12 PM||743 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
11-20-2012 10:12 PM
Warren Rudman, former Senator from New Hampshire passed away today.
What follows is a testament to him that comes from a funny direction.
There was a time in my life when he called me every day. I was employed by a small, dying speaker company in East Boston. This was in 1979. I was the next-to-last employee which meant that I answered the phones. Mostly, this involved fielding calls from our creditors. Mr. Rudman (not yet a Senator at the time) called every day on behalf of his client to whom we owed about $14,000 for speaker cabinets.
While getting collection calls is never pleasant, Mr. Rudman was always polite and respectful. “Good morning Peter, do you think there’s a chance we’ll get paid today?” was his usual question. Faced with a question like that, the only response is an honest one. I went through a summer of this until the company finally closed its doors. To this day, I have a great deal of respect for Senator Rudman for his persistant politeness and the way he treated me. And, to this day, I regret that we were unable to collect what was owed to us so that we could pay Mr. Rudman’s client. By all accounts, he treated everyone the same way. The world is a little poorer today because of his passing. Godspeed Senator, Godspeed.
-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving