When I was still new to The American Spectator, I put together a conference of the magazine’s young writers. Bob Novak graciously agreed to be the keynote speaker. It was my first foray into anything like event planning, so of course it went anything but smoothly. Attendance was sparser than anticipated and many people were late, making the event look a bit small for its venue.
Novak wasn’t bothered by any of this. He still spoke like he was addressing a crowd of 500 people, telling old stories and giving advice. Novak stayed at the podium after the speech to take questions, which even the other panelists were eager to ask. When it came time to move to the next part of the program, Novak insisted on taking one more question. “Let’s let one of the young writers get in one more question,” he said.
Remembering his old boss, my friend Tim Carney recounts that Novak’s position on the Iraq war was a source of consternation to many conservatives. But to other conservatives, it was a source of inspiration. A real reporter and a real conservative, Robert Novak was one of a kind. R.I.P.