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    Re: Buckley the Navigator
    From: James Whitson
    Date: 2008 Mar 2, 22:43 -0500
    Like all intelligent people, Bill B. took it for granted that we were as gifted as himself. While navigation is a challenge in precision for most of us, he could use the short form precisely. I suspect much of the intricate calculation was automatic for him. May he rest in peace.-Jim

    From: gregr_ingest@yahoo.com
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Subject: [NavList 4570] Re: Buckley the Navigator
    Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2008 16:43:31 -0800

    I have no doubt that Buckley was probably a superb navigator, but I found his "Celestial Navigation Simplified" DVD to be less than helpful (much of it seemed to rely on rote "do as I say, don't worry about the theory" learning) and his narration seemed a bit pompous and with what appeared to me to be a tone of "I know this and you don't" running throughout it.
    "Luckily" the DVD had a huge video/audio glitch and I was able to get a refund for it, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone wanting to learn celnav - there are a lot better choices out there.
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    Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2008 12:32 AM
    Subject: [NavList 4562] Buckley the Navigator

    > 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." "
    >  -FER

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