Over the years I have written profiles of 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer, the author and inveterate gossip Dominick Dunne, a defunct local beer, U.S. Senator and unsuccessful vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman, college presidents, professional hockey players, an archbishop, a truly honorable judge, entire villages, a ginormous squash, a Soviet journalist, an august university, several Connecticut Yankee farmers, my immediate family, and our dog Bix. A motley crew, to be sure.