Seventeen years had come and gone, and our roles had changed. By 1995, Bob Timberg was no longer a political reporter chasing suspected corruption in Baltimore County; I was no longer his sidekick. He was deputy chief of the Baltimore Sun’s Washington bureau and the author of a new and excellent book, “The Nightingale’s Song,” about the Iran-Contra scandal, the U.S. Naval Academy and Vietnam. I was already 16 years a columnist and the host of a nightly radio show. Bob was my guest.
And I got it wrong. I blew it.
Bob waited until the first commercial break to tell me so.
You have no idea how crushing the moment. Bob had been an ace reporter for The...