A birthday tribute.
Essential though the work of the Olin Foundation was, there is
another conservative institution celebrating a milestone this month: we
mean National Review, founded by William F. Buckley Jr. in 1955, fifty
years ago this month. Later in this issue, Jeffrey Hart, a long-time
senior editor at NR, offers some reminiscences about the early years of
the magazine. We would simply like to add our voice to the chorus of
congratulation that has surrounded Mr. Buckley and his magazine these
past weeks. In the very first issue of National Review, Mr. Buckley
famously wrote that one task of the magazine was "to stand athwart history yelling Stop!" What a pleasing irony, then, that his
inaugural interdiction has started so many good things. Happy Birthday!