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William F. Buckley Jr.
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Six nieces and nephews of the late conservative columnist William F. Buckley Jr. lost a legal bid Monday to get a bigger piece of the family's fortune in oil, gas and mineral interests.
It was almost as though Evelyn Waugh had crafted this story: a follow-up to "Brideshead Revisited," with its tale of a charming if emotionally uncertain English aristocrat fallen into the care and keeping of God.
The 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, closed on Saturday evening after having dominated the political news for three days.
To millions of readers, he was William F. Buckley Jr.: book author, magazine publisher, televised debater. To me, he was Bill: friend, ally, trailblazer.
Opposing wings of the GOP must sheathe their claws and fly together
Many years ago in his regular column in the National Review, William F. Buckley Jr. mentioned the futility of using logic when debating a liberal. Since reading that piece, I have noticed many examples that illustrate how correct his observation is.
Give the late William F. Buckley credit: The witty conservative writer, editor, talk-show host, debater and bon vivant was unafraid to allow liberal biographers extensive access to his life and private papers. In 1988, socialist true-believer John B. Judis published his wide-ranging, well-researched "William F. Buckley Jr.: Patron Saint of the Conservatives."
Last weekend, I was given a hint as to how an erroneous idea is born and how it takes on a life of its own. I was at Yale University, as a guest of "The William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale." It is run by a group of extremely winning young Yale students who are all admirably conservative. Bill would approve. They all carried themselves like young ladies and young gentlemen. They were confident of their ideas and amused. One of their goals is to keep the name of William F. Buckley Jr. alive and a thorn in the side of Yale's smug liberal establishment.
Nearly 100 bright, young conservative students from universities and colleges across the country gathered at the elegant "Great Elm" family estate of William F. Buckley Jr. in Sharon, Conn. on Sept. 10 and 11, 1960, to challenge America's leftist lurch and turn its political compass to the right.