The New York Times
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 — 11:25 AM ET
William F. Buckley Jr. Is Dead at 82
William F. Buckley Jr., who marshaled polysyllabic
exuberance, famously arched eyebrows and a refined,
perspicacious mind to elevate conservatism to the center of
American political discourse, died Wednesday at his home in
I remember as a high school senior, at a very conservative school, being taken into NYC to Hunter College by my civics instructor on several occasions to hear Bill Buckley. His debate with Gore Vidal was epic.
I remember as well when his brother, James Buckley, moved to New York and was elected to the US Senate as one of the first new “carpetbaggers”.
Oil millionaire, CIA agent, author, curmudgeon, word smith, fervent believer (“God and Man at Yale”)…an interesting man, who didn’t scare me nearly as much as today’s new brand of wingnut.