To Wilke I feel I owe one of the best experiences of my life, and that was being exposed to Washington journalism performed at absolutely the highest level. Though I didn't realize it at the time, he also taught me the value of having balance in your career. I remember him talking lovingly about his children — remarking once about how great it was to have kids of a certain age, when they thought you were still cool. I've since left Washington, but I intend to go out with some of my journalist colleagues this week and have a couple beers. For them, I hope it will be a rare chance for us to talk about what makes this job so great without all the scary overtones about the state of the industry. For me, it will be a chance to remember a truly great person.