Today's Reason to Be Happy the ‘Observer’ Hasn't Gone Bankrupt, Yet

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The Buckleys at a Living Landmarks gala in November 2002. Photo: Getty Images

Pat Buckley, the legendarily well-dressed socialite also known as Mrs. William F., died Sunday at her home in Stamford, Connecticut, and the event has prompted a flow of fond and admiring obituaries. The Observer takes its turn in paper, and it presents this delightful paragraph, which gets only more delightful as you read on:

“My favorite story is the time John Kenneth Galbraith brought Ted Kennedy to visit them in their chateau in Rougemont,” said Linda Bridges, a friend of Mrs. Buckley and a longtime editorial assistant to her husband. “And then Kennedy was going back to Gstaad, and the Galbraiths were going in the other direction. Kennedy asked if he could borrow a car to go back to Gstaad and Pat said, ‘Certainly not — there are three bridges between here and Gstaad.’”


We have no idea why the piece is illustrated, online at least, with a portrait of Molly Shannon. But, you know, small pleasures.

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