Friday, January 19, 2007

The Last Laugh

Posted By on Fri, Jan 19, 2007 at 10:55 AM

Pulitzer Prize-winning political satirist Art Buchwald could find humor in most anything, including his own death, it seems. In a video obituary released today on The New York Times website, he begins by matter-of-factly announcing, "I'm Art Buchwald, and I just died." The veteran newspaperman died Wednesday after what turned out to be a surprisingly long battle with kidney cancer.

Buchwald wrote this farewell column almost a year ago (when doctors expected him to live only a few more weeks) and asked that it be published after his death. It ran today in newspapers nationwide. Although it's worth reading in its entirety, here are a few gems:

"I know I have not eaten all the eclairs I always wanted. In recent months, I have found it hard to go past the Cheesecake Factory without at least having one profiterole and a banana split."

"I know it's very egocentric to believe that someone is put on earth for a reason. In my case, I like to think I was. And after this column appears in the paper following my passing, I would like to think it will either wind up on a cereal box top or be repeated every Thanksgiving Day."

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