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|RIP: William F. Buckley|
Feb. 27th, 2008 at 12:58 pm
Obituaries already abound for William F. Buckley, dead today at 82, and he’s well-known and well-remembered enough that there’s not a lot more that can be said about his life and his achievements than is already being said about him by the mainstream press, by his associates, and by his friends.
I was 10 when I first learned of William F. Buckley, sitting with my father in front of a television watching Firing Line, his PBS talk show. My first reaction to him was, “Holy Crap!”
I have just one direct acquaintance with William F. Buckley. When I was at Wabash College, he came to speak. I gave him a copy of the conservative publication that I helped to found there. Shortly after that, he wrote me a kind letter, complimenting me on the journal, noting my own article in that publication as “spritely, relevant, and readable.” Maybe that’s not the highest praise, but it is good enough for me.