The actor Ron Silver always seemed to me to be a genuine good guy, not that I knew him. Sometimes you just get a feeling. Aside from his acting, he was someone who demonstrated the courage of his convictions, in a world where people mostly speak to ingratiate themselves with those who pay their salaries or advance their careers. His speech at the 2004 Republican convention was a kicker which I haven’t forgotten. Silver died this past Sunday after a fight with cancer.