Christopher Buckley

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Christopher Buckley

Born

12/24/1952, New York City, USA

Birth Name

Christopher Buckley

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Male

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American Satirical Novelist
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Christopher Buckley, American satirical novelist, was born in December of 1952, in New York, U.S.A. Chris was the only child born to William Frank Buckley Jr. and Patricia Taylor. Father William was one of ten children, and grew up to be a political commentator and an author. Chris'…more

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  • Trivia

    • Christopher's parents died within 10 months of each other; his mother Pat in April 2007 and his father William in February 2008. His experiences are recalled in his memoir Losing Mum and Pup, which was published in May 2009.

    • A lifelong Republican, Christopher changed gears in 2008 to endorse Senator Barack Obama as president after becoming dissatisfied with GOP candidate John McCain. As a result, Chris was fired from his column in The National Review, the magazine his father founded.

    • The audio version of Buckley's 2007 novel Boomsday was read by Janeane Garafalo.

    • During the premiere screening of Thank You For Smoking, Christopher Buckley thought he was sitting in front of the film's star, Aaron Eckhart. When Aaron did something impressive onscreen, Chris would reach back and grab what he assumed was Aaron's ankle. Afterwards, Aaron revealed to Chris that he left early on, leaving Chris to ponder whose leg he kept grabbing.

    • Mel Gibson owned the rights to Thank You For Smoking for ten years, which Buckley sold in 1995. Later, internet millionaire David Sacks fought Icon and Warner Brothers to get the rights to the story, which he turned into the film of the same name.

    • Christopher Buckley lives in Washington, DC with wife Lucy, daughter Caitlin (born 1987), son Conor (born 1991), and dog Jake.

    • In Chris' book Little Green Men, several characters seem to be based on real-life Washington players. Protagonist John Banion is similar to George Will, Burt Galilee as former Clinton aide-turned power broker Vernon Jordon, Senator Raysor Mentallius as Senator Strom Thurmond, and Karl C. as Tom Clancy. The book also features actual people, media icons such as Tom Brokaw, Larry King, and Jeffrey Toobin.

    • Christopher Buckley's books include an unorthodox biography on the jacket. While some of the information is true, some is obviously a joke. For instance, Christopher Buckley claims that he was inducted into Légion d'honneur by the president of France, but goes on to admit that he can't actually speak French. Christopher claims to be working on a new book, that will refute Stephen Hawking's theories about physics. Also, Christopher claims to have advised every single US President since William Howard Taft, despite being born in 1952, 22 years after Taft died.

    • In 1991, Christopher Buckley faked a press release, claiming that Russia, in desperation, was planning on auctioning Lenin's embalmed body to the highest bidder. ABC News thought it was true, so Peter Jennings reported this as fact.

    • Christopher Buckley has a cameo in the film Thank You For Smoking. He can be seen at the metro station, reading an article written by Heather (Katie Holmes) about Nick (Aaron Eckhart).

    • Chris' book Thank You for Smoking was chosen as one of the ten best books of 1994, by People magazine and USA Today.

    • Every other year, Christopher Buckley teaches a three-day professional writing workshop at The Buckley School of Written Expression. Chris' next appearance is in Spring of 2007.

    • Five of Chris' nine books are bestsellers. All nine earned were Notable Books of the Year, by the New York Times.

    • Christopher recieved the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence in 2002.

    • Christopher Buckley is the winner of the ninth annual Thurber Prize for American Humor.

    • Christopher Buckley contributed a segment to 1981's My Harvard, My Yale, titled 'Stone in New Haven'.

    • Christopher's books are often American political satire, reflecting his inside-look into the workings of the United States government: The White House Mess is a satirical take on politics conducted inside the White House. Thank You For Smoking follows the adventures of a tobacco lobbyist, fighting against the anti-tobacco movement. Little Green Men reveals comically that the very agency investing UFO sightings is in fact the agency that is fabricating the UFO hoaxes. No Way to Treat a First Lady revolves around the president's wife, on trial for assassinating her husband. Florence of Arabia features a do-gooding bureaucrat in the Middle East.

    • At one time, Christopher Buckley was the chief speech writer for Vice President George H. W. Bush.

    • Christopher Buckley, while attending Yale University, was a member of Skull and Bones. Skull and Bones is a secret society, that has previously included U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, George Bush Sr., and William Howard Taft. Other famous members of Skull and Bones are Senator John F. Kerry and C. Montgomery Burns.

    • Christopher Buckley's book Thank You for Smoking was adapted into a movie of the same name. The movie came out in spring of 2006, and included Adam Brody, Katie Holmes, Rob Lowe, and William H. Macy.

  • Quotes

    • Chris: (on the 2008 presidential election) This campaign has changed John McCain. It has made him inauthentic. A once-first class temperament has become irascible and snarly; his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises, such as balancing the federal budget "by the end of my first term." Who, really, believes that? Then there was his self-dramatizing and feckless suspension of his campaign over the financial crisis. His ninth-inning attack ads are mean-spirited and pointless. And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?

    • Christopher Buckley: Reading any collection of a man's quotations is like eating the ingredients that go into a stew instead of cooking them together in the pot. You eat all the carrots, then all the potatoes, then the meat. You won't go away hungry, but it's not quite satisfying. Only a biography, or autobiography, gives you the hot meal.

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