William F. Buckley
When I first heard about liberals and conservatives, it was about civil rights. The short version is that liberals wanted black people to have the basic rights of Americans, and conservatives did not. I suspect that nothing has really changed. All the happy talk about smaller government is just that…nonsense. If someone really wants a small government, then they don’t want to send a six digit army to battle eight time zones away.
The truth is, I never saw “The Firing Line” or read more than a few paragraphs of Mr. Buckley’s writing. Not that it mattered…he was famous for being famous. If he didn’t exist someone would have created him…the erudite blueblood with the vocabulary on steroids. Comedians should be grateful for such an easily figure of parody.
I met Mr. Buckley, briefly. I was walking home after taking an accounting test. Mr. Buckley was speaking at the UGA coliseum, and I found a poster advertising the event. Mr. Buckley was standing backstage, and I got him to autograph the poster. His signature was very neat, and about an inch and a half long. Of the celebrity autographs I have gotten, his was the smallest.
The lecture started soon. Mr. Buckley started with a story about a lady, who after much verbal contorting, was found to have gonorrhea. He said it in a very academically amusing way.
Meanwhile, I had just taken an accounting test. I went home and got drunk.