Monday, April 07, 2008

Charlton Heston, A Personal Note

The world lost a class actor this weekend with the passing of Charlton Heston.

Charlton Heston was a great actor, a gracious man, and a citizen committed making his country a better place.

His commitment to justice led him to switch to the Republican Party in 1964. Echoing Ronald Reagan, another of Hollywood's rare gracious and conservative men, Mr. Heston explained: "My politics haven't changed -- it was the Democratic Party that changed." Over the years, he became a strong defender of the Second-Amendment right of the people to keep and bear arms.

Years ago, when I was Executive Director of Accuracy In Academia, Mr. Heston was looking into "political correctness", that trend toward silencing students who ran afoul of the illiberal orthodoxy on so many college campuses. At a request to me from someone on his staff, I sent some of my work on the subject to his office. A few weeks later, I received a brief but personal note of thanks from Mr. Heston, a note that I have treasured ever since. I sent a lot of information to a lot of people, when I was working at AIA and elsewhere, but relatively few have taken the time to send thank-you notes.

Charlton Heston had class.


Shannon Smith said...

I can't even express how sad I am right now. He will be missed.

GeekMommy said...

Blogger just ate my very longish comment...

Thanks for writing this.
Heston was a tireless advocate for personal rights and civil liberties - from his work with the NRA, to his work with Martin Luther King Jr (prior to it being 'fashionable') and an amazing actor as well as a passionate person.

He will be missed.

Reverse_Vampyr said...

Charlton Heston had class.

Something sadly lacking in so many on the extreme left, who lost no time in defecating on his memory.

Thanks for sharing your experience with Mr. Heston. He was a great American.

Anonymous said...

tibia money tibia gold tibia item runescape money runescape gold runescape power leveling tibia gold runescape money runescape gold runescape accounts runescape gp runescape power leveling dofus kamas buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape items tibia item runescape accounts runescape gp wow power leveling wow powerleveling Warcraft PowerLeveling tibia money tibia gold runescape powerleveling buy dofus kamas Warcraft Power Leveling World of Warcraft PowerLeveling World of Warcraft Power Leveling Hellgate money Hellgate gold Guild Wars Gold buy Guild Wars Gold lotro gold buy lotro gold Hellgate Palladium Hellgate London Palladium Hellgate London gold runescape money runescape gold eve isk eve online isk Fiesta Silver Fiesta Gold SilkRoad Gold buy SilkRoad Gold Scions of Fate Gold SOF Gold Age Of Conan Gold AOC Gold lotro gold buy lotro gold buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape items ArchLord gold buy ArchLord gold DDO Plat tibia money tibia gold tibia item Dungeons and Dragons Online Plat

Real Time Web Analytics