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    Happy Birthday, WFB

    Happy Birthday, WFB

    Today would have been Bill Buckley’s 85th birthday. Though I was born after the ages of Reagan, Goldwater, and Buckley’s years as editor of NR, I still owe a great debt to his thought:

    God and Man at Yale was my sobering introduction to – and subsequent rejection of – liberalism.

    Reading lists and speakers from YAF have helped shape my perspective by exposing me to the nuances of conservative political thought.

    I expanded my vocabulary and knowledge of history by watching Firing Line (with a dictionary).

    And, of course, I do not know where I would be without my fix of National Review each day.

    I don’t think anyone else has done as much for political activism and the conservative/libertarian movement as WFB. What do you remember most fondly about Buckley?


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    Pasadenaphil, I love that one too–it's one of two quotes on my FB info page, just to make sure all my liberal friends know which way the wind's blowing. (My other quote is by H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule it."

    1. The Hoover Institution has many transcripts of Firing Line available; some some the programs are available for purchase at Amazon.

    2. 20, I've only lived through Bushes, Clintons, and Obamas :-(.

    For your sake and mine, I hope your future decades are no more "interesting" than the first two, but I wouldn't put money on it.

    Buckley was a talented harpsichord player, and loved Bach's music.

    Always answered his mail. I have 6-8 replys from him about everything including 'Peanut Butter'.Favorite qoute "Cancel your own god dame subscription".

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