Posted by Julie Ponzi
Story here. There will be plenty of commentary to follow, I am sure. In the meantime, a toast to the man and his work and a life well-lived.
My favorite William F. Buckley story:
As a young freshman in the Ashbrook program, I was fortunate to attend a conference in Washington where William F. Buckley was one of the keynote speakers.
Myself and two other young Ashbrooks enter the elevator where a man is already standing. One of my companions, who shall remain nameless (cough, Rich Ulm), being a friendly person asks this man, "Are you here for the conference?" I could barely keep from laughing as William F. Buckley replied, in that inimitable voice, "Ah, yes, yes, I'm on my way to work on my speech right now."
"You cultivate the essential virtues: high purpose, intelligence, decency, humility, fear of the Lord, and the passion for freedom."
Considering that WFB is someone I never met, I surely am going to miss him. I only knew him by his words, but what words! It is hard to imagine what America or the world would be like if he hadn't been what he was. What a gift.
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