Buckley and CBS, Revisiting a Truly High-Minded Moment

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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Tuesday, September 16, 2008

For years, we've been hearing about the time Christopher Buckley dropped LSD right before an interview with "60 Minutes" -- fussy crew, bright lights, Mike Wallace's face looking like an "an early Picasso." Bad trip, man.

Well, maybe not so bad. Thanks to "CBS Sunday Morning," we finally have the visual proof of the infamous day almost 40 years ago. During a Buckley interview earlier this month with Rita Braver (flacking his new book, "Supreme Courtship"), the network aired a snippet of his original chat -- and later let us see the whole clip.

The 18-year-old was filmed at his summer job "as counselor for young black children at the Martin Luther King camp in Newport, Rhode Island" and sprawled on a sofa, charmingly dismissing barbs about famous dad William F. Buckley Jr.: "It really ranges from occasional viciousness, like, 'Your old man's a fascist pig,' that type thing, to 'Your old man's pretty crazy.' . . . Of course it bugs me, you know, deep down, but not, you know, inordinately, really."

The back story: He took the drug with a buddy, ducked into his house for a sweater and encountered Wallace, who chirped: "Oh, you're here. We'll do you next." Buckley told his mother it wasn't a good idea ("I couldn't really explain why," he told us yesterday) but was ordered to sit down for the cameras.

Ways you can't tell he's tripping: He's bright-eyed, engaged, super lucid. Way he does look high: melting into the sofa, gripping cushions for dear life.

"For the record, I take LSD before all my '60 Minutes' appearances," he joked. Ha-ha -- he's been on only that one time, of course.

LOVE, ETC.

· Married: Actor George Takei (better known as Mr. Sulu) and longtime partner Brad Altman, Sunday in L.A. Together for 21 years, they were one of the first gay couples to receive a marriage license when California began granting them in June. The "Star Trek" star, 71, and his manager, 54 -- both in white dinner jackets -- walked into the wedding ceremony accompanied by "One Singular Sensation." Takei called his new husband an "organized, detail-obsessed, punctuality-driven control freak. I'm easygoing with details, so we're a good fit." The couple will honeymoon in Argentina and Peru.

SURREAL ESTATE

Buyer: Cate Edwards

Price: $1.3 million

Details: Nearly two years after John Edwards sold his six-bedroom Georgetown mansion for $5.2 million, the erstwhile presidential contender was back in the same neighborhood this weekend helping 26-year-old daughter Cate, who settled Friday on a small brick fixer-upper -- two bedrooms, two baths, four fireplaces, garden (purchased with money from her trust and an inheritance). The whole Edwards clan spent three days getting the place ready for her return to D.C. next summer -- she's in her final year at Harvard Law; her longtime boyfriend is a resident at Georgetown University Hospital.

THIS JUST IN . . .

· Big news for political drama "Farragut North": Actor Chris Noth (forever known as Carrie's hunky love in "Sex and the City") will play a veteran political operative in Beau Willimon's play about an unorthodox presidential candidate (think Howard Dean) and his campaign. Previews start next month in N.Y.C., off-Broadway.

· Washington playwright Ken Ludwig ("Crazy for You," "Lend Me a Tenor") is headed to London for rehearsals of "Treasure Island," his adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson adventure. Headlines across the pond: Actor Keith Allen (aging bad boy of the British films and TV, father of train-wreck rocker Lily Allen) is making his West End debut as Long John Silver.

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"Oh, and . . . Hint Hint Pali Pal -- Don't pose for anymore tabloid covers, you're not a celebrity, you're running for office to represent our, your, my COUNTRY!"

-- Actress Lindsay Lohan venting her not-so-loving feelings about Sarah Palin on her MySpace blog Sunday. Hmm. . . when was the last time the former tabloid darling scored a cover? Maybe someone's feeling a little, like, threatened?


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