On this day in 1925 conservative newspaper columnist, magazine editor, TV talk show host and author William F. Buckley was born.
He died in 2008 at the age of 82.
I began reading William F. Buckley's books, newspaper columns and his magazine National Review when I was 12-years old. I also began watching his TV show Firing Line at that time.
As he was for so many others, William F. Buckley was a huge influence in my life.
I’m thankful that I was able to review favorably two of his books for the Philadelphia Inquirer – one was a political book on President Reagan and the other was his last spy thriller.
He died before my review of his The Reagan I Knew appeared
in the Inquirer, but as he was alive and still an avid reader when
my review of Last Call for Blackford Oakes appeared in
the Inquirer, I hope he read my review.
William F. Buckley may have passed, but his influence lives on.
You can read my two reviews of his books below: