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    Re: Buckley the Navigator
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2008 Mar 8, 02:33 -0800

    Gary LaPook writes
    
    I got the chance to book at Buckley's books, "Airborne" and "Atlantic
    High" in which he discusses celestial navigation, at great length in
    "Airborne." I had misremembered what he had said about his using
    stars. In "Atlantic High" on page 179 he admits that he had never
    mastered the stars so had to use a star finder each time to identify
    the stars. So, I got it slightly wrong in that he did do star sights
    but only with the help of a star finder.
    
    
    gl
    
    On Mar 2, 4:23 pm, glap...---.net wrote:
    > Gary LaPook writes:
    >
    > It has been a long time since I read Buckley's sailing books ( so my
    > recolections may be wrong) but I remember that he confessed that he
    > could never learn the stars so didn't use star sights. This sticks in
    > my memory since I was suprised, at the time, that such a brilliant man
    > was unable to learn the stars. When I get back to California next week
    > I will review those books.
    >
    > gl
    >
    > On Mar 1, 1:32 am, frankr...{at}HistoricalAtlas.net wrote:
    >
    > > 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,
    > > "Sealestial."
    >
    > > 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." "
    >
    > >  -FERwww.HistoricalAtlas.com
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