William F. Buckley Jr., Founder of 'National Review,' Dead at 82

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William F. Buckley Jr., Founder of 'National Review,' Dead at 82
The New York Times reports that William F. Buckley Jr., who marshaled polysyllabic exuberance, famously arched eyebrows and a refined, perspicacious mind to elevate conservatism to the center of American political discourse, died today at his home in Stamford, Conn. Mr. Buckley, 82, suffered from diabetes and emphysema, his son Christopher said, although the exact cause of death was not immediately known. He was found at his desk in the study of his home, his son said, adding "He might have been working on a column." Mr. Buckley's winningly capricious personality, replete with ten-dollar words and a darting tongue writers loved to compare with an anteater's, hosted one of TV's longest-running programs, "Firing Line," and founded and shepherded the influential conservative magazine, "National Review." In 2006, Mr. Buckley was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editor's Hall of Fame.
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