I heard Rick speak in New Orleans several years ago. He was scheduled to be in NOLA to speak at a teachers' convention, and added on an evening talk as a benefit for our PBS station. It was planned fairly quickly, was a high-dollar event (given to me as a Mother's Day gift), and included a delicious 4-course dinner in the upstairs private dining area at a Very Fine Old New Orleans French Quarter Restaurant. Rick spoke with joy, intelligence, insight and, yes, political opinions to a group of some 80 attendees, and spent awhile (long past his scheduled ending time) then answering our questions. He worked the room, taking group photos with each table of eight, and engaging us all briefly, individually. We were told that he would not have time to take individual photos with him. At one point in the evening, I went out into the serving hallway to find the restroom, and discovered Rick hanging out with the serving staff. He was laughing, telling stories, and taking individual photos with these men and women who could likely have not afforded the hefty price tag of the dinner that they were serving. I already respected RS tremendously, but that respect jumped up even more, that night. Best I could tell, there was no financial or other public gain to be had on his part by spending quite a significant chunk of time with the serving staff instead of with the financially more affluent folks back in the dining area, but that is who he honored with plenty of his private time, listening to and respecting their stories and lives.