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 Evening Sun,...