The Gift of Friendship

Terry Eastland, The Weekly Standard, March 10, 2008.


I once wrote a letter to my hero, hoping to get one back. This was early in 1976, and I’d recently taken my first newspaper job. William F. Buckley Jr., who was willing to challenge liberal orthodoxy and defend traditional norms like no one else, was as famous as I was obscure, and I could think of no good reason he would actually write back. He was, after all, the most prolific writer around, and he did his weekly Firing Line show and all the speeches, and then there was the skiing in Switzerland, the transatlantic sailing, and more.

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