Today is my son’s 23rd birthday, which actually reminds me of a personal story about Pat Buckley, the wife of William F. Buckley, the conservative author, editor and host of TV’s “Firing Line,” who died last week.
Before my kid was born, my wife, Rebecca, worked as a fact checker for Town & Country Magazine in New York. She didn’t get paid much — it was a Hearst publication– but a side benefit was that she had numerous opportunities to meet and talk to interesting people. During the course of her work, she developed a friendly telephone relationship with Pat Buckley, who was frequently contacted on stories having to do with high society.
Mrs. Buckley knew everyone who mattered. She was very friendly and loved to chat. Somehow the subject of children and my wife’s pregnancy came up, and that started another long digression from the research and fact checking at hand.
Anyway, when my kid was born at New York Hospital on March 4, 1985, among the congratulatory gifts was an elaborate floral arrangement and a card from Pat Buckley. She was a kind and classy woman– and so was her husband, even if you didn’t agree with him politically.
Pat Buckley died in 2007 at the age of 80.