I remember going to see him in the early 1990's, in the middle of that decade's recession, asking his help for working class employees of the University and the state. At the urging of the budget hawks of the era, he and the legislature were shifting workers to forty hours work for thirty five hours pay. The proposal was understandable — but making the change for working parents with only weeks' notice was silly and cruel. I went to see him, one on one, to make the case for them. He listened intently. Then he simply said, 'You're right. We can't do that to them. We'll delay it so people can deal with it.' And that's what happened.