Andrew Breitbart died 10 years ago today at the unreasonably young age of 43. The site named after him Breitbart has posted the tribute below below. The 59 speakers begin with Justice Clarence Thomas. Justice Thomas’s moving remarks come straight from the heart.

Andrew was something like the proverbial force of nature and a genius a few times over. He seemed to have time for everyone. It is unbelievable how many of us he befriended, affected, supported, nurtured, and influenced in his few years, all while doing his own work. As Boswell said of Johnson, his death “made a chasm, which not only nothing can fill up, but which nothing has a tendency to fill up.”

I traveled to Israel together in a small group with Andrew Breitbart and Larry Solov (then his attorney, now his successor running Breitbart) in 2007 on a “bloggers’ tour” led by Fern Oppenheim.

I don’t think I had ever heard of Andrew before the trip, yet it didn’t take long to get a bead on him. Thanks to Fern’s efforts, our third day included a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv (photo nearby). Later that day we also took a low-flying chopper ride from a point near Tel Aviv down the border between Israel and the West Bank to Sderot and Gaza.

Our small group sat together for dinner around a table at a restaurant that evening at the end of a long day. Andrew was multitasking, pulling his shift on the Drudge Report. He was eating dinner, reading messages from journalists seeking links to their stories, instant messaging with John Podhoretz, and making himself the life of the party, all at the same time.

I learned in the course of the trip that it was Andrew who changed my life in 2004, linking to our “Sixty-First Minute” post early that afternoon with the screaming siren on Drudge. He confided that Matt Drudge did not like the sites that had sprung up online, but that he (Andrew) was a fan.

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