Russell Amos Kirk did much to dispel the gloom of ignorance and prejudice. A historian, an author, columnist, speaker, debater, family man and friend, he held to the simple idea that everybody matters, from the burglar-butler Clinton Wallace (immortalized as the hero Frank Sarsfield in “There’s A Long, Long Trail A-Winding”), to his assistants and Wilbur Fellows, and his innumerable guests at Piety Hill. I once heard Russell advise members of a congregation in a rural United Methodist Church to “brighten the corner where you are.” He brightened his corner well and long…a constant light, even and gentle, and perfect for illuminating ideas.
Known as the Wizard of Mecosta for his ghostly tales and love of all things arcane, he also was a first-rate scholar and writer across many disciplines. The fact that he was able to do it all and do it so well didn’t leave him with a self-inflated opinion. His humility was endless.
Here we have collected video and audio about and by Russell. We hope you’ll both enjoy them and support The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (http://www.kirkcenter.org).
I am not perfect in my recall or absolute in my knowledge, so when you find corrections, additions and recommended elisions, please contact me: David Schock.