With last week’s passing of conservative icon William F. Buckley, I recalled an incident in the late 1990s when he was tapped to be one of the keynote speakers at a conference that my employer at the time was staging.

It was my job to introduce him, an honor since I had been a fan of his for many years, and I vividly recall being more than a little intimidated, conjuring up images of being delicately carved up by Mr. Buckley’s rapier wit or clueless as to the meaning of his endless cache of $10 words.

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