Shortly after I came in the students invited Bill Buckley, who had written “God and Man at Yale,” had just become editor of the National Review, was one of the brightest conservative voices around. And so Buckley came and everybody, the students who knew nothing about classical conservative theory, thought this was going to be some kind of a conservative love fest between Bill Buckley and a cock-eyed spirit by the name of Bob Gaudino. It turned out to be anything but that because Bob was a classical conservative with very little use for the market society and the individualism of 19th century capitalism. Nineteenth century capitalism–what we now call the right-wing Republicans–are essentially nineteenth century liberals. And so they found there was this very remarkable debate [at the Delta Upsilon house, after Buckley’s speech] between Buckley, who is from a Catholic background and thought of himself as a stalwart conservative but in fact was pushed into defending the capitalists, the capitalist society, which was anathema to Bob–a memorable debate between a rising national star named Buckley, who by that time already had done much in the way of radio, defending McCarthyism, and radical anti-Communism and so on. I mean Buckley was a right-wing Republican, Gaudino was not. Gaudino was a classic conservative. Well, so then I got to know him. The next thing I observed very quickly, within a week or two, is that Gaudino was probably clearly regarded as the best teacher in the department, far and away.

Kurt Tauber,
Former Political Science Professor