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From the Pen of David Horowitz: October 3, 2009

October 3, 2009

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Dear Bill,

It’s been twenty years since we both went up to Dartmouth to speak in support of the Darthmouth Review students whose battle was an early harbinger of the conservative tide that it is sweeping the campuses today. I recall vividly how you arrived in the evening after a full working day, and spoke for two hours to a thousand Dartmouth youngsters and then hung around until late at night with the Review conservatives whose idol and inspiration you were. In the morning, you flew back to New York with us in that tiny commuter plane where you sat crammed between Peter Collier and me in the narrow back row. While we wiped the cobwebs from our eyes and tried to shake off our travel weariness, you banged out your next day’s column on what must have been one of the early lap tops perched on your knees. The conservative campus movement which has now grown so large, was planted from seeds you more than anyone else sowed a half century ago with your book on Yale and the organization you launched — the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. I also recall the days in the Sixties when you were the only conservative figure known to campus radicals like myself.
Writing inspiriational prose is one thing (and you have always set the standard for the rest of us in this); creating a successful living institution like National Review is quite another — in many ways a far more daunting task. You must be very proud to have created not only the flagship publication of the new conservative movement fifty years ago, but a magazine that half a century later is still youthful and still a flagship of the conservative movement, which is itself a force now shaping the politics of America and the world.

William F. Buckley, Jr. Remembered

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5 Comments
  1. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 3, 2009 3:55 am

    Bill Buckly and Horowitz
    Giants, The people that love this nation understand what they have done.

  2. politicalmoxie permalink
    October 3, 2009 9:26 am

    Lovely, Mr. H, just lovely…So much said, in so few words.

  3. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 4, 2009 4:23 am

    David Swindle
    I went to a church business meeting last night at OurLady after the meeting we stopped for dinner about 20 of us and I thought I had some hot news to tell people about the NewsReal site heck about five people already knew about it and your name was mentioned prominately. My sister also told me I had to order her a book as well. Will they be done in time for Christmas?

    • October 4, 2009 5:31 am

      “and your name was mentioned prominately.”

      Hopefully in a positive way…

      “And what’s with that jerk running the site?! They need to get someone who can do it properly!” Kidding.

      Thanks. 🙂

  4. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 4, 2009 6:53 am

    Yep absolutely.

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