Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thankful for William F. Buckley, Jr.

Today would have been William F. Buckley, Jr.'s 85th birthday.

He was my hero, and he honored me with his friendship, love and encouragement for over three decades.

His wit and intelligence are legendary. He was a humble, caring man as well. The humility came out in how he treated people. When he first greeted you, his face would light up, like the sun coming out from behind clouds, as though you were the delight of his day. His talk was filled with humor and enjoyment of people, ideas, actions, things. He shared of himself easily, and listened to others just as easily.

He was a gift to the nation and to me personally. The photos were taken in the early 1970's during tapings of Firing Line.

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