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.
I fell in love with travel on a trip to Mexico when I was nine years old. Since then, I’ve travelled the globe from Israel to El Salvador. I’ve skied the Swiss Alps and hiked national parks like Acadia, Zion, Shenandoah, and Virgin Islands. I’ve marvelled at masterpieces in the Prado, the Uffizi, the Huntington, and the National Gallery of Art. I’ve stayed in a cabin on a mountaintop in Norway and on a kibbutz along the Sea of Galilee, and been kicked out of the Ritz at the Place Vendôme. I’ve taken cooking classes from New England to the Caribbean, and watched a chef prepare traditional shakshuka in the kitchen of his restaurant in Tel Aviv. I weave historical research and my personal experiences together in writing this blog. I hope you find it helpful. Read more …