The Corner

Snow Job

I didn’t know Tony Snow very well, but I did meet him shortly after I arrived in Washington. He was an excellent political columnist for the Detroit News; I was a wannabe writer who happened to be from Detroit. So I sent him a note, sheepishly suggesting that we have lunch. He invited me to come see him in Arlington. He worked in a tall building, in an office that had a wonderful view of the National Mall. We ate at a Chinese place. I asked for career advice. He gave it, encouraging me to keep writing and to grab opportunities when I found him. What I remember most was his profound niceness. He was truly a happy warrior.

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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