Yale Class Day Speaker Christopher Buckley

Author Christopher Buckley will be the featured speaker at this year’s Yale College Class Day ceremonies on Sunday, May 24.

Buckley was born in New York City in 1952.  He was educated at Portsmouth Abbey, shipped in the merchant marine and graduated cum laude from Yale in 1975.  At age 24, he was managing editor of Esquire magazine; at age 29, chief speechwriter to the Vice President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.  In 1989 he became the founding editor of Forbes FYI magazine (now ForbesLife), where he is currently editor-at-large.

He is the author of 14 books, which have been translated into 16 languages.  They include: “The White House Mess,” “Wet Work,” “God Is My Broker,” “Little Green Men,” “No Way To Treat a First Lady,” “Florence of Arabia,” “Boomsday,” “Supreme Courtship” and “Thank You for Smoking,” which was made into a motion picture starring Aaron Eckhart and Robert Duvall.

His current book is “Losing Mum and Pup,” a memoir about his parents.

Buckley has written over 60 comic essays for The New Yorker magazine, contributes regularly to The New York Times and writes the popular “What Fresh Hell” blog for Tina Brown’s website, The Daily Beast.

His awards include the Thurber Prize for Literary Excellence and the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He lives in Washington, D.C.