Cathleen Black, finishing up a decade as Hearst Magazines' president, it was noted, was famously the first woman publisher of a weekly magazine, New York, and she credits getting that job to Ms., co-founded by Gloria Steinem and Pat Carbine. Ms. Carbine, presenting Ms. Black with her award, called it a "very big deal" for a "fourth-generation Irish-Catholic girl from the South Side of Chicago" to be honored with an award that so far has been "most elusive for women."
William F. Buckley, founder of the National Review, seemed to charm an audience that had its fair share of people who probably fervently wish the conservative movement had never been born. Bringing along author Tom Wolfe, renowned for his place in magazine history as the author of "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby," as his presenter helped. Mr. Wolfe attributed Mr. Buckley's success in part to Buckley's unusual accent. " I overheard his son Christopher Buckley once recount that `I was 8 years old before I knew we weren't English."'