It pays to be a member of the Smithsonian Associates which hosted the event.
You may disagree with him, but you’ve got to admire his candor and humor.
It was the same night as the president's State of the Union speech which U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia hasn't attended for about 16 years, he affirmed, and why is that, NPR's Nina Totenberg asked.
The outcomes of court decisions are not as important as the reasoning which “will affect hundreds of cases,” the justice said.
Yes, it is true: He has given Justice Elena Kagan hunting instructions. "I think she likes it [hunting]."
She started out with quail and pheasant, he said, and on a trip to Wyoming, he showed her how to nab antelope and mule deer, but that was a failure since she bagged none, but with one shot (and audience groans) she took out a white tailed doe "which she could have done in my driveway," Justice Scalia said to laughter.
"They’d put us up at the Algonquin Hotel on Saturday nights" before the show on Sunday mornings. "I liked it a lot."
Was he a wild teenager?
"Let’s just say I was an active teenager.” And adult.
Justice Scalia has nine children and 33 grandchildren, and his wife, Maureen, calls the shots about everything except the Constitution.
Justice Scalia, appointed to the Court by Ronald Reagan in 1986, looks good for 76. He wore a suit and tie and spoke nonchalantly, without notes, sitting squarely in the chair, often with his hands on his knees. Nina had done her homework and came with notes.
Photographs were prohibited.