Bill Buckley, the founder of National Review and arguably one of the most influential political thinkers of 20th century passed away last evening while working in his study. He was 82.

If you consider yourself a political conservative, you owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Buckley. His magazine, National Review, mounted the intellectual defense of conservatism at a time when it had few if any defenders.

He was a prolific writer, known for his wit and his command of the English language. He was a great thinker, but I think this is my favorite column. Written in 1981, it is an ode to one of his great loves: peanut butter.