He was my dad, Clarence James DuBos Jr., and he died Nov. 5 at the age of 95.
If I have understood anything about politics, it’s because of the things Clarence taught me about people. A salesman at heart, he had a ready smile, a genuine warmth and a dry yet playful sense of humor.
A member of what Tom Brokaw and Stephen Ambrose called “the greatest generation” of Americans, Clarence lived by a few simple rules: work hard, treat people right, be a loyal friend, trust in God, provide for your family, help those in need.
He attended college for barely a semester, but he was a voracious reader — from the classics to Zane Grey, from the daily newspaper to John le Carre. Depending on the circumstances, he might quote Shakespeare or W.C. Fields. He distilled his wisdom to a few memorable quotes, which I heard many times as a boy:
• “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.”
• “I trust everyone — until they give me a reason not to.”
• “It costs you nothing to give someone a compliment, but it may be worth the whole world to them.”
And my favorite, which he would utter (with a wry grin) on those rare occasions when I did something well: “Even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while.”