The former National Review publisher was A Great American.
Personally, he helped me in a time of need while I was in college.
I had made boorish, but perfectly legal, comments as a member of the Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Cincinnati.
The University, in all its enlightened support of free speech, took me to task. Calls for my expulsion came from the usual quarters.
I had, only a few years earlier, found National Review on the shelves of the University of Cincinnati library.
Reading both William F. Buckley and William Rusher, I knew William Rusher was a defender of freedom.
I sent him the boorish posters via FedEx, and he responded immediately, and suggested I talk with legal counsel to tutor UC.
I did, and the rest is history.
I had forgotten he retired to San Francisco.
A Great American.