Every year about this time the old “Sunscreen” speech resurfaces. You know, the one in which a litany of sound, practical and often humorous advice is dispensed to the spring masses of college or high school graduates. Tips like: Be kind to your knees, fl oss, don’t worry or waste your time on jealousy. And, of course, wear sunscreen. Several years ago I was asked by the senior class president to give the commencement address at my high school alma mater. (Full disclosure: This person was a direct relative whose attempts to lure to the podium someone actually famous, or at least well known or interesting, failed.)

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