UC Berkeley News, Department of Political ScienceUC Berkeley, Washington Post – obiturary, Brad deLong. Polsby’s main field was the U.S. Constitution, Congressional Studies and the Washington Post notes this:
Beyond politics, he considered himself an expert on novelist Rex Stout’s character Nero Wolfe, a 286-pound sleuth who solves crimes without leaving his apartment. Dr. Polsby’s admirers called him an occasionally caustic man — he liked piquing journalists by asking whether they had ever read a book. He also enjoyed defying social conventions, such as by not wearing shoes when entertaining.