Strangely, I learned of William Buckley's retirement on the New York Times web page. At this time (11;29 pm EST) there is no mention of it on the National Review page or even at the Corner.
Its sad. The passing of the torch.
Mr. Buckley, 78, is giving up control. In an interview, he said he planned to relinquish his shares today to a board of trustees he had selected. Among them are his son, the humorist Christopher Buckley; the magazine's president, Thomas L. Rhodes; and Austin Bramwell, a 2000 graduate of Yale and one of the magazine's youngest current contributors.