A “Snapshot” of History

Hubby and I attended one of William F. Buckley’s last speeching engagements.  He was fascinating.  The man had a gift for the English language and speaking it that would have made it interesting to hear him read the phone book.

Afterwards, there was a social gathering where we had the opportunity to chat with him briefly, and have our picture taken with him.  What impressed me about that little chat, was that he was curious about things local — politics, history, etc.  You would have thought that would have been way below his level of interest.  It made the chat  feel much more like a conversation and much less like an interview! 

A very articulate, interesting and interested man, who I am glad to be able to say that I once met.

We have two pictures of ourselves with him — one with his eyes closed.  If you ever watched him speak, you know that lonnng blinks were a trademark characteristic of his.  Well, those were great  “color” when he was speaking, but they were quite the little annoyance when it came to taking his picture.  The photographer luckily caught him between blinks on the second try, so that we did get a picture with him.

He was a wonderful gentlemanly representative for those of us who consider ourselves conservative.

6 Responses to A “Snapshot” of History

  1. tz says:

    I’m always more impressed with those who are curious and really listen as well as their thoughtful discourse then those who are very interested in hearing the sound of their own voices and in constant need of praising of their brilliance!

  2. Very nicely written!!

    As for the conversation, I know a few people who are skilled at it, and it’s a joy to be around them. I’m not as skilled, but I do try.

  3. Sandra says:

    I know, SBW, I wish I were a better conversationalist — it IS an art. And, Mr. Buckley had definitely mastered it.

  4. Linda says:

    SBW-Don’t let Sandra fool you. She IS a skilled conversationalist! She knows how to ask questions to get you talking about yourself. And she remembers everything you tell her about your family and will ask you about them, by name, the next time she sees you. And you’d better be prepared with notes, because she’s a “trained” interrogator.

  5. Sandra says:

    The previous statement was made under duress. It is written in the “friend contract” that I made Linda sign that she say nice things about me at least once a week — she’s just trying to catch up on her quota! BTW, Linda, are we talking about Aunt Hazel? I WILL have to tell her story. 🙂

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