As with Maria, Fred and I had some serious political differences. In fact, I think I agreed with about 2% of most anything he said on any given day (and this would include weather and traffic). In spite of all that, one-on-one I found him to be quite a warm and approachable guy. He had me on his radio show a few times and on Sunday mornings, as I happily skewer the P-G's Jack Kelly, I just as happily drink my Sunday morning coffee from a bright and shiny Honzman Mug.
He even announced my engagement on KDKA's 50,000 watt airwaves - how cool was that?
Maria is exactly right when she wrote:I can say that the day-to-day rhetorical jousting I did with Fred paved the way for the blogging I do here.
It might not even be a stretch to say that there may have never been a 2pj without Fred Honsberger as I had developed a fondness for blogging at the old blog but wanted to stretch beyond the limitations about writing on Honsberger's chosen topics of the day.
My heartfelt condolences to his wife and his family and those folks who knew him better than I did.