Thursday, January 18, 2007

Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Art Buchwald dies

Beloved journalist never lost his sense of humor

Art Buchwald, 81, the newspaper humor columnist for more than a half-century who found new comic material in the issues that come up at the end of life, died of kidney failure last night at his son's home in Washington, his family announced today. Details from the Washington Post.

Related: A Visit With Art Buchwald: 'Tell Them to Just Keep Writing' (Editor & Publisher)

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Ian Lidster said...

I am so sorry to hear about Buchwald. I first became a fan while travelling in Europe many years ago and reading him in the International Herald Tribune. A fine, but never cruel wit. As a columnist for many years he, along with Mike Royko, was one of my intellectual mentors. He wrote a very good and honest piece about a year ago when he knew he was dying. His acceptance of his pending fate was quite amazing.
Thank you, my dear, for mentioning this.

Deb S. said...

Ian: I, too, share your high regard for Art Buchwald. I started reading Buchwald and Royko's columns as a teenager and loved them both. I really enjoyed Buchwald's humor and read some of his books.

Like you, I was touched at the way Buchwald accepted his fate. I saw him in TV interviews not long ago, and he still had an amazing sense of humor. Buchwald leaves a wonderful personal and professional legacy.