Saturday, April 19, 2008

A Eulogy for WFB

Posted by Joe Malchow at Dartblog, April 11, 2008, Christopher Buckley's eulogy for his father, "Delivered on the occasion of the Memorial Mass for the Repose of the Soul of William F. Buckley Jr. on April 4, 2008, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral."
Pope Benedict will be saying Mass here in two weeks. I was told that the music at this Mass for my father would, in effect, be the dress rehearsal for the Pope’s. I think that would have pleased him, though doubtless he’d have preferred it to be the other way around.

And for us "medium air rated" sailors of warm inland lakes,
He was — inarguably — a great man. This is, from a son’s perspective, a mixed blessing, because it means having to share him with the wide world. It was often a very mixed blessing when you were out sailing with him. Great men always have too much canvas up. And great men set out from port in conditions that keep lesser men — such as myself — safe and snug on shore.

(via Todd Zywicki at The Volokh Conspiracy)

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