I hadn't considered William F. Buckley, Jr. when I labeled my blog, "A promulgation of esoteric cogitations attempting to avoid platitudinous ponderousities regarding public policy, religion, politics, beer, and cigars - in no particular order." That said, it most certainly fits the Bill. I also hadn't considered the impact his writings had on my thinking in as much as I long ago allowed my subscription to National Review to lapse and Firing Line ceased broadcasting.
I do, however, admire and aspire to several traits from the blog label favored by Mr. Buckley. An avocation toward shaping public policy - generally conservative, but with a twist from time to time. A lifelong Catholic and a nascent apologist. Active in politics (Republican); most often from the sidelines; though he did unsuccessfully seek the New York mayoralty once. An aficionado of fine spirits (theological and otherwise) and cigars. Though after the passing of his wife from emphysema after years of cigarette smoking, Buckley confessed that given the power, he'd outlaw smoking.
One of our nations most outstanding educational institutions, Hillsdale College, has created a website with the complete writings of William F. Buckley, Jr. and The Hoover Institution has archived the Firing Line television show collection. WFB will be missed, but his intelligence, facetiousness, and catechizing remains.
Réquiem ætérnam dona ei Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Requiéscat in pace. Amen.