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    Buckley the Navigator
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2008 Mar 01, 03:32 -0500

    An excerpt from an obituary of William F. Buckley:
    "In the 1980s, at midlife, Buckley began to escape the tedium of politics by
    reinventing himself as a novelist and memoir writer. His two sailing books,
    "Atlantic High" and "Racing Through Paradise," are graceful, humorous
    accounts of his crossings of the Atlantic and Pacific in a 71-foot ketch,
    Norfolk photographer and writer Christopher Little first met Buckley while
    on assignment for The New York Times in the early 1970s, and eventually
    became one of Buckley's closest friends. In the 1980s, Little sailed as a
    crew member and photographer aboard the Sealestial when Buckley made his
    long ocean crossings, sharing the same bunk area with him.
    "Our first Atlantic trip, from St. Thomas to Spain, was just before GPS came
    in and Buckley was a superb navigator, using the traditional sextant and
    star sightings to get us across the ocean," Little said Wednesday during a
    phone interview. "In my line of work, you meet a lot of famous and charming
    people, but Bill took that to an even higher level. You couldn't possibly
    have more fun with someone. He told hilarious stories and shared great
    gossip about all the famous people he knew." "
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