Buckley had a long-running feud with author Ayn Rand.
Buckley was good friends with conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh and appeared on his program several times.
Buckley's wife, Patricia, passed away on April 15, 2007 after a long illness.
Buckley's most recent book was entitled Miles Gone By, a series of autobiographical writings.
Buckley's brother, James F. Buckley, served as a United States Senator from New York from 1971-77.
Proving perhaps that he was suffering from the onset of senility, Buckley came out in favor of amnesty to all illegal aliens in 2006.
Buckley was good friends with liberal economist John Kenneth Galbraith.
Buckley grew up in the town of Sharon, CT and maintained a residence there until his death.
Buckley appeared as himself on an episode of Laugh-In in 1970.
Buckley's father was a lawyer and an oil man.
Buckley spoke French and Spanish fluently. In fact, as a youngster he learned to speak these languages before he learned how to speak English.
Buckley played the harpsichord.
In 1999, Buckley wrote a novel entitled Redhunter based on the life of controversial Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy.
Buckley almost came to blows with novelist Gore Vidal during a debate on August 22, 1968 while the two men were commenting on the riots outside the Democratic Convention in Chicago.
Buckley continued to write his syndicated newspaper column until his death
Buckley hosted Firing Line on PBS from 1966 to 1999.
In June of 2004, Buckley gave up his controlling shares of National Review but remained an editor-at-large for the magazine until his death.
Buckley was a sailing enthusiast and wrote several books on the subject.
Buckley was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991.
Buckley was the author of a series of spy novels featuring CIA agent Blackford Oakes.
Buckley revealed that he trained and worked as a covert CIA agent in the early 1950's.
Buckley favored the legalization of drugs.
Buckley ran for Mayor of New York City in 1965 on a third party ticket and received 13% of the vote.
Buckley helped form the conservative student group Young Americans for Freedom in 1960.
Buckley worked as an editor for American Mercury magazine in 1951 and 1952.
Buckley's first book was God and Man at Yale in which he attacked the school for being anti-religion and anti-capitalist.
Buckley was a member of the Skull and Bones secret society while a student at Yale.
Buckley was a Roman Catholic.
Buckley married the former Patricia Taylor in 1950. The couple had one child--a son named Christopher.
Buckley graduated from Yale in 1950.
Buckley served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Buckley was the sixth of ten children born to William Franklin and Aloise Buckley.
Buckley founded National Review magazine in 1955.
Buckley: Liberals want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.
Buckley: Idealism is fine but as it approaches reality the costs become prohibitive.
Buckley (about appearing on Laugh-In): I decided to do it when they promised to fly me out to Hollywood on an airplane with two right wings.
Buckley: Liberals are people who will believe anything....twice.
Buckley: Back in the 30's we were told that we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told we must collectivize the nation because people are so rich.
Buckley: I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word fair in connection with income tax position.
Buckley: It is not a sign of arrogance for the king to rule. That is what he is there for.
Buckley: I get satisfaction of three kinds. One is creating something, one is being paid for it, and one is the feeling that I haven't just been sitting on my ass all afternoon.
Buckley: Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples' money except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other peoples' freedom and security.
Buckley: I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory that to the faculty of Harvard University.
Buckley: One must bear in mind that the expansion of federal activity is a form of eating for politicians.
Buckley: You cannot paint the Mona Lisa by assigning one dab each to a thousand painters.
Buckley: Some of my instincts are reprehensible.
Buckley (after being asked what he'd do if elected Mayor of New York): Most likely demand a recount.
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