So much that's true--and important--has been written about the late Irving Kristol, I can add but a few recollections.
I first came to know Irving (and Bea) Kristol through Liz and Pat Moynihan in the late 1960's when The Public Interest was new and I--besides being a graduate student, then a junior White House aide--was pleased to think of myself as a budding neo-con. Just about everyone I really admired in the academic/policy world in those days--the Kristols, Pat, Nat Glazer, Jim Wilson, Norman Podhoretz et al--fit more-or-less comfortably under that broad heading, which at the outset included more Democrats than Republicans.
I was a huge fan of The Public Interest (as well as Commentary) and while I didn't manage to work my own way into its pages until 1978, I was proud to appear there some 13 times over the ensuing 26 years.
Irving had a slogan, variously recalled as "If you have a good idea, start a magazine" or "If there's a problem you want to solve, start a magazine." That's more or less what Diane Ravitch and I did in the early 1980's with "Network News & Views", the house organ of...