William F. Buckley


William F. Buckley

Anecdote 1...

In 1965, Buckley ran as Conservative candidate for the office of mayor of New York City. The likelihood of victory being almost nonexistent, the campaign was not taken very seriously even by Buckley himself. A reporter asked him what his first action would be if elected. “I’d demand a recount,” replied Buckley.


Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.

~William F. Buckley

Anecdote 2...

Buckley once sent fellow-author Norman Mailer a copy of his latest book. Mailer, disappointed to find that Buckley had not written any message on the flyleaf, promptly turned to the index to see if he had been mentioned. Alongside Mailer’s name in the index was the handwritten greeting “Hi!”

Biographical Note: 

William F. Buckley was a U.S. editor, author, and lecturer. The son of a multimillionaire, he founded the journal National Review in 1955. His conservative and Roman Catholic opinions were well known to many readers of newspapers and magazines. He was also a familiar radio and television figure.