With a bit of time to spare between the rugby match and dinner, we discovered a friend of ours was exploring the newly renovated headquarters of the Yale Daily News and were invited to join in. The handsome gothic structure is now overshadowed by an ugly extension to the previously ugly Yale School of Architecture, widely believed to be the ugliest building in town. Henry Luce paid for the YDN building out of his own pocket in memory of his Yale classmate Briton Hadden, who died just 31 years old. The place went up in 1932 and underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation over the summer, and the place was looking good.
One of the staff rooms features photographs of the boards of years long since gone. Of course, I immediately went to look for the most famous name of all, and there he is: William F. Buckley Jr., 1950, Chairman of the Yale Daily News. He made such an impression as chairman that when he left, they abolished the position.
Up in the Board Room, I decided to try out WFB’s old throne. Surprisingly comfy.