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.