I first saw Mr. Buckley on "Firing Line," on PBS when I was a kid,
and have admired him since.
Mr. Buckley was bloody brilliant, charming, intellectually consistent,
and had a dry, cutting sense of humour that endeared him to my heart and
mind like no conservative could. He had such an interesting life…writing
over 50 books, creating that voice in the print media, "The National Review,"
working briefly for the C.I.A., creating a modern conservative
movement, an expert sailor, etc., etc., etc.. The man was truly a renaissance
figure, a rare creature in our time.
He was also a devout Catholic, which I believe, helped him change the political
landscape in the U.S..
I shall miss his devilish smile…may he enjoy his new life.