For News9’s Capitol Report, Patrick B. McGuigan suggested viewers consider buying and reading the late William F. Buckley’s ‘A Torch Kept Lit.” The volume, edited by James Rosen (a FoxNews reporter) is a compilation of 50 obituaries/tributes about great (or in a fewcases notorious) Americans of the Twentieth Century. Subjects include several presidents, including John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and David Niven. Buckley had an impressive ability to forge friendships across ideological lines.
Kurt Vonnegut, a best-selling author, once remarked that Buckley, whom he admired, had “won the Decathlon of human existence.” Reporter Alex Cameron asked McGuigan about the state Capitol memorial service held to honor former Attorney General Larry Derryberry, who died just before Thanksgiving.
Derryberry served eight years in the Legislature, and eight years at the state’s top top lawyer. McGuigan described him as a “Renaissance Man” – political leader, author of children’s books and deeply devoted to his family. A Democrat, Derryberry forged a strong friendship with the Brenda Reneau after she became the first woman, and first Republican, elected as state Commissioner of Labor.
McGuigan recalled that Reneau, who died three years ago this month, valued Derryberry’s political contributions, but cherished his “friendship and advice” most of all. McGuigan said Derryberry lived without fears and with no regrets – “a notable accomplishment for a man in public life.”