Author, advisor, columnist, politician, adventurer, editor, philosopher, television personality, lecturer—and the list goes on—few people wear as many hats as William F. Buckley, Jr.
Mr. Buckley founded the conservative journal National Review in 1955, which stands today as the journal of opinion with the largest circulation in the country, and his three-times weekly column, “On The Right,” appears in more than 300 newspapers here and abroad. As a television personality, Mr. Buckley began hosting “Firing Line” in 1966, which today is the longest-running television program in the country featuring the same host.
Numerous political leaders from throughout the world have been a guest on ” Firing Line,” including Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush; and British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, Herald Wilson and Edward Heath; as well as personalities ranging from Groucho Marx to James Michener.
Mr. Buckley has written a diverse range of books, including travel bestsellers, a children’s story, nine Blackford Oakes mysteries, the autobiographical Overdrive and The Unmaking of a Mayor, and the philosophical God and Man at Yale, Up From Liberalism, Right Reason, and Happy Days Were Here Again. He is currently working on his 35th book, titled Why I Am Still A Catholic.
A Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991, Mr. Buckley has been awarded more than 30 honorary degrees, in addition to receiving the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award by the International Platform Association as the top public speaker in his field.