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Irving Kristol
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    (January 22, 1920-September 18, 2009)
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Columnist for the Wall Street Journal (1972-97)
    Co-founder of the magazines Encounter (1953), The Public Interest (1965) and The National Interest (1985)
    Wrote 'On the Democratic Ideal in America' (1972), 'Two Cheers for Capitalism' (1978), 'Reflections of a Neoconservative: Looking Back, Looking Ahead' (1983) and 'Neoconservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea' (1995)
    Called 'the godfather of neoconservatism'
    Father of William Kristol
    He was a Trotskyite turned socialist turned liberal turned conservative.
    He criticized liberals for opposing Senator Joseph McCarthy.
    He claimed, 'Until neo-conservatives came along, conservatives couldn't reach college-educated people.'
    He said, 'The prospect of electing Mr. Nixon depresses me,' then became a guest at the Nixon White House and endorsed his re-election.
    Asked by a reporter about his ambiguous religious beliefs, he said, 'I've always been a believer. Don't ask me in what.'
    He was a combat infantryman in World War II.
    He was married to historian Gertrude Himmelfarb for 67 years until his death.
    His family dog Sniffy allegedly inspired next door neighbor Charles Schulz to create Snoopy.
    He said his two leading intellectual influences were Lionel Trilling, 'a skeptical liberal,' and Leo Strauss, 'a skeptical conservative.'
    He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush, who called him 'an intellectual pioneer.'

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