Sad news – John Silber dead at 86

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Dr. Silber was drummed out of the University of Texas for being too liberal and came to Boston as head of Boston University, where he was excoriated for being to the right of Attila the Hun. I was in Boston at the time, up the road at BC, and watched in awe as he forced BU into becoming a legitimate institution, with real grades and accountability from its students and faculty. After graduating BC and still eager to delay entry into the real world a few more months I persuaded my father to pay for me to travel to Athens and study Plato under Dr. Silber (he held a doctorate in philosophy and was an expert on Kant, as I recall). Silber beat the hell out of the eight students who didn’t flee after the first day, then was available for long discussions into the night that covered everything from Ayn Rand to classical music to the Boston Red Sox. It was the best summer of my life and the B+ he gave me as a final grade – he awarded no A’s -was the one I am most proud of among all my (limited) academic achievements.

Truly a great man.

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9 responses to “Sad news – John Silber dead at 86

  1. Balzac

    CF, you are indeed lucky to have studied under Silber, who was a real teacher, with intelligence and courage.

  2. Peg

    We mourn people like Silber when they are gone … while at the same time, be exceptionally glad that we knew them. Yes – a teacher such as Silber was is a prized gem.

  3. Dollar Bill

    Silber was too smart to treat Rand as a serious literary figure. Ditto with WF Buckley who viewed her with utter contempt.

    • Funny DB, I was just remembering how Silber absolutely eviscerated mush-minded young liberals who made the mistake of signing up for his course that summer – none made it past the first couple of classes – and I thought, “my how he would have enjoyed meeting Dollar Bill”. Silber was a Democrat whose like will never again be seen in that party because it’s been taken over by people like you.
      All of which is a long winded way of saying that you’re no John Silber, nor Bill Buckley and certainly not Ayn Rand, so your opinion on any of that troika is as worthless as a bucket of warm piss.

  4. DollarBill

    Nastiness becomes you. Are you unable to engage in anything but ad hominem debate?

    • When someone refers to Ayn Rand as “a literary figure” I figure he’s beyond reach of reason. Glad I taught you how to spell “ad hominem” but now you’ll have to learn its meaning.
      UPDATE: Too funny – I posted this reply before I’d seen your next comment, which includes this:

      None but one of the most extremist psychopathic Congressmen in the country. Yup, Allen West, of Florida.

  5. Libertarian Advocate

    I went to B.U. and the guy absolutely rocked. By the time Silber ran for Governor, I’d already left Massoftwoshits. Had I stayed in the state, I’d have worked my ass off to get him elected, FOR FREE!. Far smarter than the dilettante Billy Weld who is pretty damn smart.

    The Democrat party should mourn the loss of the likes of Silber who actually gave the party GRAVITAS, unlike the Orca of Edgartown, Lurch and Princess Liawatha.

    You Chris Fountain are a lucky man to have spent a summer under his rigorous intellectual guidance.

  6. Libertarian Advocate

    Turns out that the DCCC has dropped funding anymore TV ads for West’s Democrat opponent. Guess they’ve read the writin on da walls.

    Too bad he wasn’t running against that ugly DNC mouthpiece who most closely resembles a worn out grade D porn “actress.”

  7. Hu Nhu?

    A good, principled man who understood leadership, and who made a BIG difference. RIP.