BILL AND PAT RANGE FROM FASHION TO NIXON, THE MOON TO EACH OTHER.
Byline: Etta Froio, August 1969
What impresses you most when you meet Bill and Pat Buckley are not the obvious things.
It’s not their charm or good looks or intellect.
It’s not their elegant New York duplex filled with paintings, or their style in entertaining.
What does impress you is that the William F. Buckley Jrs. really like and enjoy each other.
He says, “Her best quality is her sense of humor.”
She says, “He is the most entertaining man I know.”
Ask Pat Buckley what first attracted her to her husband when they met and Bill will quickly answer for her — “My brains and my beauty,” he laughs. “And my wealth. Did I forget anything?”
Being married to the dynamic columnist, editor in chief of the National Review, former mayoral candidate and ultraconservative may be a bit much for some women. But not Pat Buckley…it’s obvious she likes the pace. “I run a very fluid household,” says Pat. “I never know how many we’re going to have for dinner, how many for lunch…and sometimes there are quite a few for breakfast.”
Pat on American fashion: “There’s no doubt that American fashion has really come into its own. It’s tops.”
The Buckleys were at Cape Kennedy for the recent moon shot.
And like most people, they were pretty impressed with what they saw.
“I love the moon,” says Pat…and she adds a bit sadly, “but now I don’t look at it in a romantic light at all. Now it’s scientific.”