Lost in the din of State of the Union coverage yesterday was news from Boston about the death of a famous American historian, Howard Zinn. He was a man of the left. My own encounter with him was telling: at an MSNBC taping 11 years ago at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, a Kennedy school student noticed Zinn had been given a reserved seat up front. The student, not knowing who Zinn was, complained to him: "Why do you get to sit there and we students have to sit up there?" Without pausing, Zinn replied: "In life, I've learned, there are the haves ... and the have-nots." Here's a link to one of the final interviews Zinn participated in, courtesy of the online think tank, Big Think.