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I am speechless. Mr. Buckley had a profound influence on my life in so many ways. Indeed, he is the reason that this son of the South, raised by liberal dems/lapsed Unitarians, is now a staunch conservative Republican. He also started me on a journey that ended with my joining the Catholic Church. For this, and so much more, I am forever in his debt. Please relay my condolences to the Buckley Family, and let them know that they are in my family’s thoughts and prayers.

Steve D.

Condolences to you and everyone at NR on WFB’s passing.  I never met him, but I miss him already.Ed K.My condolences to all of those at NR/NRO (and anywhere else) who knew and respected the man as I know you did.  Mr. Buckley, Goldwater, Hayek and a small band of comrades-in-arms provided a much-needed intellectual antidote to the maladies of the post-war era love affair with planning.  As a person who first discovered Buckley as host of “Firing Line” I didn’t appreciate the tide against which he was battling until many years later, but as I matured I (as others have before me) came to understand better the meaning behind his call to “[stand] athwart history, yelling stop.”

Please pass my condolences on to those who might appreciate the sentiment.

Warmly remembering WFB,

James C

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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