Art Buchwald passes away

It took longer than even he expected, but syndicated columnist Art Buchwald has died.

The 'Wit of Washington' won the Pulitzer for Outstanding Commentary in 1982 and in 1986.

"If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it."

Most famous column: "Le Grande Thanksgiving," published back in 1953 as a humorous attempt to explain our turkey holiday to the French. It's reappeared every year since then.
One of our most important holidays is Thanksgiving Day, known in France as le Jour de Merci Donnant.

Le Jour de Merci Donnant was first started by a group of Pilgrims (Pelerins) who fled from l'Angleterre before the McCarran Act to found a colony in the New World (le Nouveau Monde) where they could shoot Indians (les Peaux-Rouges) and eat turkey (dinde) to their hearts' content...

Buchwald v. Paramount lawsuit
- controversy over the Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America
- Buchwald was awarded damages in his claim that Paramount Pictures had stolen his script idea (his story “King for a Day” was about an African prince who comes to America in search of a bride)

When he was told last year that he'd need ongoing dialysis, he refused it and prepared to die by moving into a hospice. The doctors said he had a month to live. He lasted close to a year.

Wasn't that a wise decision? If I were told that I had cancer and needed chemotherapy, I'd refuse it the way Bob Marley did. Of course, that decision would be easier in my case, since I can't afford medical treatment anyway!

I think there wasn't a happier man than Art Buchwald in the last moments of his life.