In the piece, Byron talked about his own upbringing, including the surprising news that when he was 12 years old, he was illiterate. Incredibly, he could barely read. "It was humiliating. It was awful," Byron told Howard Kurtz. "You sort of live your life in disguise. . . . When you live in the 'hood, you have to wear a mask."
It's amazing the things you learn about people, even people you see and work with every day. Stories like this -- and, believe or not, eulogies at funerals –- always make me regret not really talking and learning about who someone is, and where they came from.
You might be surprised at the stories the guy sitting right next to you might have.
Meanwhile, I'm glad I've learned this about Byron. I can't wait to talk with him about it. But for now I'm just so proud to know him and have him as a friend and colleague.