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Manhattan Institute At 25

I went to the Manhattan Institute’s celebration of its twenty fifth birthday, at the Unviersity Club Wednesday night. It was a choice crowd. Larry Mone and Myron Magnet both spoke, and Tom Wolfe gave the main address.

Praise was heaped on Bill Hammett, the Institute’s first leader. He did a brilliant job of opening up the way New Yorkers think about their problems. Among his accomplishments was inspiring and educating Rudy Giuliani. Every New Yorker owes Bill Hammett a deep debt of gratitude.

Fans of City Journal, the Institute’s excellent magazine, should also salute my old friend, and former NR-nik, Rich Vigilante, who established the formula that Myron Magnet so marvelously realizes.

Richard Brookhiser — Historian Richard Brookhiser is a senior editor of National Review and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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