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No one could accuse  M. Stanton Evans, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at age 80 on March 3, of becoming a professional conservative.  He was a trailblazing conservative, having been there, for instance, when William F. Buckley, Jr., launched Young Americans for Freedom at his estate in Sharon.  Indeed, Stan was more than an attendee: He penned the Sharon Statement, YAF’s guiding principles, which, at 369 words, might be the best definition of American conservatism ever put down.  Stan wrote it, the story went, on the back of a cocktail napkin, in about 30 minutes, on the flight to Sharon.  In this case, the New York Times and the Washington Post got it right: He “helped shape [the] conservative movement,” the Times wrote, and he was a “guiding force in modern conservatism,” the Post reported.  Though Stan spent a good part of his career inside the Washington Beltway, he never became part of the Beltway Right.

At 26, Stan was the youngest editor ever of the Indianapolis News, but it was as founder of the National Journalism Center and author of numerous books that he made his mark.  His last book was Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies.  Among the men and women he trained and sent into American journalism are Ann Coulter, John...

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