A man who could get people to reveal their innermost thoughts, fears, and hopes and present them to his readers and listeners in such a way to get them to feel that moment in all its fullness. A national treasure. Gone at 96. A good long run, and much good work done along the way. Go out and read a copy of The Great Divide or Hard Times if you've never done so, or if it's been a few years since you have. I can think of no better way to pay tribute to the man.