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January 18, 2007

Art Buchwald Dies

Reuters announces that Art Buchwald, the long running syndicated humour columnist, has died, aged 81.

Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Arthur "Art" Buchwald, 81, died of kidney failure on Wednesday evening, his son, Joel Buchwald, said on Thursday.

Buchwald had been critically ill and near death last year but recuperated enough to write a book about the experience, "Too Soon to Say Goodbye," which was published in November and included eulogies that his friends had planned to deliver at his expected funeral a year ago.

"He died last night at 11:20 p.m. He was at my house," Joel Buchwald said. He had lived with his son for much of the past eight years.

A newspaper humorist whose column was syndicated to more than 550 newspapers at one point, Buchwald won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1982. He also published more than 30 books.

I actually learned all I know about the Nixon tapes nd the Watergate scandal from reading his book of columns from that year. A slightly bizarre way of learning history but fun all the same.


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