William F. Buckley, Jr.
One activity that Galbraith finally did give-up--but only at the insistence of his doctors--was skiing during his annual winter vacation in Switzerland. (He proudly liked to note that Kitty, five years younger, kept skiing through most of the 1990s despite a broken hip and metal pins meant to hold the bones in place. "She takes it a bit easier," he allowed.) Actually, Galbraith had never been a particularly good skier, a fact of merry amusement among his friends. After watching him make his way down the slopes at Gstaad some years earlier, his friend William Buckley dryly inquired how long he'd been at the sport. "About thirty-five years," Ken replied. "Ah," Buckley shot back, "about as long as you've been doing economics."