Chief Justice Bill Rehnquist is dead at the age of 80. I always admired this gentleman as a jurist of strong convictions and a steadfast conservative. He was appointed by Richard Nixon in 1971. At one time, he was frequently the lone dissenter on the court concerning many matters. He was one of only two who dissented in the Roe v. Wade decision. His staff in those days referred to him lovingly as the "lone ranger" for his lonely dissents.
Another thing I liked about Rehnquist was that he was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Force. He will be missed.