Yes, I’ll jump on the William F. Buckley bandwagon.
Buckley was a class act. I can’t remember where I read it, but someone once said: “One never wants to receive an angry letter, unless, of course, it’s from Bill Buckley.” His command of language is legendary (as evidenced by this brilliant dust-up with Gore Vidal) and he often confounded his staff at the National Review by cranking out his columns in as little as ten minutes. He authored over 250 books, and actually avoided political debate in his personal life, especially when sailing. He often said, “I don’t ‘talk’ politics, unless you pay me to do it.”
My favorite quip is from his mayoral race in NYC. When asked what he would do if declared winner, he replied, “Demand a recount!”
Fair winds and following seas, Bill.