Today would have been Bill Buckley’s 85th birthday. Though I was born after the ages of Reagan, Goldwater, and Buckley’s years as editor of NR, I still owe a great debt to his thought:

God and Man at Yale was my sobering introduction to – and subsequent rejection of – liberalism.

Reading lists and speakers from YAF have helped shape my perspective by exposing me to the nuances of conservative political thought.

I expanded my vocabulary and knowledge of history by watching Firing Line (with a dictionary).

And, of course, I do not know where I would be without my fix of National Review each day.

I don’t think anyone else has done as much for political activism and the conservative/libertarian movement as WFB. What do you remember most fondly about Buckley?

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