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CONTENTS Introduction Chapter One AT HOME Life at Great Elm Where summer seemed gloriously endless Life at Great Elm II Learning about music, as a boy St. John's, Beaumont Going off to school in England, 1938 The "Distinguished" Mr. Buckley Introducing my son, the speaker, 1988 Wine in the Blood A legacy of learned pleasure Wine: One Man's Happy Experiences The challenge of collecting affordable wines William Frank Buckley, 1881-1958 A word about my father Aloïse Steiner Buckley, 1895-1985 And a word about my mother Chapter Two YALE God and Man at Yale A controversy revisited A Toast to the Class of 1950 Remarks at a 40th reunion Reflections on Life After Yale A self-interview for a 50th-reunion yearbook Chapter Three WARTIME Army Life At Officers Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia Chapter Four SAILING (and Skiing, and One Fly-By) We Must Sail Across the Ocean! The resolve that led to a passage, Miami-Bermuda-Azores-Gibraltar Christmastime in the Caribbean A folksy cruise, aboard my schooner, Cyrano Gulf Stream Musings A navigator's thoughts, preoccupations, alarums Meet Me at K Club Misadventures on a charter sail A Quickie, Bahamas to Charleston Coming upon a mystery boat at sea, in a storm Pleasure on Skis The prospect of a single run down the Vidamanette in Rougemont, Switzerland Alta, My Alta And how we learned about short skis Six Freshmen and an Ercoupe A bright undergraduate idea: buy an airplane! The Angel of Craig's Point An adventure in New Brunswick, featuring the only unpleasant person in the province A Sail Across the Pacific From Honolulu to New Guinea, an account written for Life Magazine Aweigh An inquiry: Why, after a lifetime at sea, give it all up? Chapter Five PEOPLE Ten Friends On crossing paths with David Niven, Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger, Clare Boothe Luce, Tom Wolfe, Vladimir Horowitz, Roger Moore, Alistair Cooke, Grace Kelly, and John Kenneth Galbraith Five Colleagues On working as colleagues with editors Willi Schlamm, Willmoore Kendall, Frank Meyer, James Burnham, and Priscilla Buckley... And a Sixth ...and with William A. Rusher, publisher Chapter Six REMEMBERING These are portraits--of people, primarily, but also of institutional presences in my life. One such is the protagonist of ten of my novels, Blackford Oakes. Another is National Review, the magazine I founded and edited for thirty-five years. And the third is my television program, Firing Line. Whittaker Chambers, 1901-1961 Underneath the gloom was tenderness and, even, a kind of gaiety Murray Kempton, 1917-1997 A friend to anyone who was down, even Roy Cohn Henry Regnery, 1912-1996 Book publishing was fun National Review, b. 1955 The hour is late, and the printer's messenger is already waiting . . . Blackford Oakes, b. 1975 First of all, I needed a protagonist William Shawn, 1907-1992 His geniality was a matter of decorum Firing Line, 1966-1999 Debating with Ronald Reagan over the Panama Canal Chapter Seven LANGUAGE The Dictionary, Ready at Hand An auxiliary use of the computer, wonderful The Conflict over the Unusual Word Should discouraging unusual words be a national mandate? On Writing Speedily If Trollope had had a word processor, would he have written five times as much? Chapter Eight GETTING ABOUT 1001 Days on the Orient Express A lifetime, traveling from Peking to Moscow Definitive Vacations "There is no such thing as a convenient time to go on vacation" A Pilgrimage to Lourdes Does this thing really work? The Stupefaction of the New England Coastline As seen under full sail A Performance with the Symphony, Coming Up Did I really promise to do that? The Life of the Public Speaker Fifty years on the lecture circuit Going Down to the Titanic A nine-hour dive, but round trip Aboard the Sea Cloud Sailing, with others at the helm, to Pitcairn and Easter Islands Chapter Nine POLITICS My Own Secret Right-Wing Conspiracy My adventure in politics at the seedling level Running for Mayor of New York City Sort of Chapter Ten SOCIAL LIFE Querencia: On Coping with Social Tedium Recall that historian Harold Nicolson said uninteresting people are...interesting The Threatened Privacy of Private Clubs Are they a refuge? How defend them? Why Don't We Complain? The end of the line, without complaint Chapter Eleven EPILOGUE Thoughts on a Final Passage Acknowledgments
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Buckley, William F, (William Frank), 1925-Novelists, American 20th century Biography, Journalists United States Biography