John used to talk about his father, who was a very successful man despite being physically handicapped. I have a feeling that John's righteous sense of wanting to do good came from him. Certainly John's great political and social motivation was already all the way there by the time he got to college. John also used to mention his brother who was a physicist: a "nuclear swizzlestick," John would jokingly call him, but I could see how proud he was of him. He mentioned them both a lot back in those days.
Of course John loved to party (that was the other big part of the friendship!). Once at a big party there was a tub of "jungle juice," liquored-up fruit punch, and someone threw a fire cracker or somethinjg into it. Nothing happened and John bent over the tub to look just as it exploded, singing off most of his eyebrows. We gave him a pretty hard time about that one, getting blown up at the party! John had a lot of external reserve and a lot of inner passion, and I think his love of politics and his love of a good party were both reflections of that. He was a people person, all the way.
In recent years John was one of my "samizdat" e-mail friends, we'd forward all kinds of stuff to each other. I'd get an e-mail that just said "Spam me!" I'd always be surprised to realize how active he was, for example during that whole Nevada politics story - it seemed like he'd been paying so much attention to our correspondence, you would have thought he was bored. Speaking of that, he loved it when someone would denounce him personally - that was a big trophy, as far as he was concerned. I've been trying to confirm that he was mentioned by Gates during congressional testimony, somewhere I got the idea that he was.
Well, Nancy, I haven't seen you in a long, long time, but you're certainly in my thoughts today. This news is out on facebook and I can tell you that a lot of people are thinking of you and the your kids and holding you all in the light. I'd love to hear from you, agrbrown at gmail.com
God bless you always, Anderson Brown