I never met Buddy Roemer and I was not alive for his terms as representative nor governor. I am a senior at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, founded during the Treen administration in '83, focusing my study in history and currently working on a distinction project focused on the 1991 gubernatorial elections. I never met the governor, but in my many hours of research, I believe I have come to understand much of what he contributed to my state and the nature of his character. Through an incredible intellect and a great understanding of politics, he achieved something no other principled, good government, politician in Louisiana had done in a generation--political success. Once on the throne, he kept his principles even as his reforms staggered and the legislature, and slowly the people, turned against his revolution. I don't want to say too much about the past, because this isn't the place and because the obituary published in The Advocate did a better job than I could. Rather, I mention all this to offer some reconciliation to the family, friends, and state that lost Buddy Roemer: those of the next generation who care to look back on the history of our state will find in Buddy Roemer a man of great principle, wisdom, and faith; a man unwilling to bow the corrupting influence of political power nor compromise with racist demagogues; a man who hated nothing more than politics, and yet who loved nothing more than service to his state. I hope it helps, at least a little.