Saturday February 27 was the second anniversary of the death of the conservative giant William F. Buckley, Jr. I first saw Buckley in person when Ole Miss hosted Firing Line in 1997. I read National Review in High School even though I admit I did not always understand some of his words at that age. It was a wonderful reminder of the importance of  intellectualism and conservatism, and that I still had a lot to learn. The political left too had to respect Buckley’s brand of conservatism because of the seriousness of those ideas. It didn’t hurt that he was charming, gracious, and extremely generous.

After his death, Buckley was publicly honored with the Faith & Freedom Award by the Acton Institute at its annual dinner. He had long been a friend of Acton and Rev. Robert Sirico. Kate O’Beirne accepted the award on his behalf. It was a very touching evening and one we still remember well. The media department, with most of the leg work coming from Tabitha Blanski, produced this tribute video in honor of Buckley. It premiered at the 2008 Acton Annual Dinner. It is available publicly and on the Powerblog for the first time. The tribute is well worth the view.


  • http://obrant.blogspot.com Costello

    A charming tribute.

  • http://www.reenchantment.net Ken Larson

    I read National Review and like Ray Nothstine saw WFB at college, but in a debate pitting him against Louie Lomax, a Los Angeles activist. The date was 1965 – a few years before the Ole Miss appearance of Ray’s recollection.

    Gregory Roper at University of Dallas has a little book The Writer’s Workshop, Imitating Your Way to Better Writing. His technique for students is to copy someone whose writing you really like and is good. I tried to copy Buckley. Fat Chance.

    Thanks Acton, for putting this tribute on the web site.

  • Chris Lewis

    Thank you Acton Institute.

    WFB was certainly special and is greatly missed.