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Re: Saying goodbye

I know what Jonah means about a life well-lived, as Bill’s certainly was, but it’s still hard to believe there’ll be no more Buckley columns on this week’s news, and next week’s and next month’s, and hard not to feel cheated that we were denied a nonagenarian Buckley sailing on in vigorous health toward his next century. I liked the way Rich put it at the 50th anniversary gala, after the announcement of some highly technical-bureaucratic change in Bill’s title or responsibilities: “This is still Bill Buckley’s National Review, and it will always be Bill Buckley’s National Review.” Just so.

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