How sad to hear about William F. Buckley’s death. It definitely signals the end of an era when politics could be rigorous and still refined. He made talk shows substantive and gave reasonable rationale for his conservative positions. Buckley practiced politics as an art rather than a bloodsport.
I happened to be in Manhattan when this scion of New York intellectual and literary life passed away. For a detailed obituary, one must defer to the excellent coverage in The New York Times (What an appreciative tribute despite The Times’ liberal leanings!). Read it and discover what “sesquipedalian” means. Even in death, Buckley continues to expand my vocabulary!