The Corner

Remembering WFB

My old college newspaper, the Michigan Review, is to National Review what the Toledo Mud Hens are to the Detroit Tigers — i.e., a part of the minor-league system. When WFB died five years ago, it seemed like the most appropriate place to publish my remembrance:

He asked me what I was working on for the next issue. I can’t recall the topic of the article. I do remember his interest and curiosity. He listened. He asked questions. He raised his eyebrows in that distinctive way. It was strange to think that I was talking to him more than he was talking to me. Yet that’s what happened, and Bill made it seem natural. I never felt anything but comfortable around him again.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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