192 Buchwald’s Cigar
In the end, did anyone actually READ Art Buchwald? Mostly it was the
Some were brazen (Marvin Kitman comes to mind.) Some were more subtle (Dave Barry comes to mind.)
The rest SAID they read, but didn’t.
There’s a newsroom saying “fooled ‘em again.” It’s usually said when the newscast is over or the paper comes out. It’s said sardonically.
But Buchwald really DID fool us again. When he went into that hospice, he was supposed to die. That’s what hospices are for. But he didn’t. Now, THAT is fooling us. And then, there’s the posthumous video that starts out “Hi, I’m Art Buchwald, and I just died.”
But, what was the secret of his delayed death? Cigars. The miracle life prolonging of cigars.
The guy always had one in his mouth. He lived well beyond what the doctors say was his expected exipiration.
And Buchwald’s not the only one.
Look at Castro. When did he get sick? A few years after giving up those famous cigars.
Famous cigar smoker George Burns lived to 100.
How old was Groucho Marx when he died? Not as old as George, but, nevertheless, old.
Bill Clinton –fairly young – had a major health scare a few years back. He’d probably be dead now if it weren’t for the cigars. Same with Schwarzenegger. He also isn’t that old. But if you abuse yourself with all those years of weight training, and whatever “supplements” go with it, and DON’T smoke cigars, you die.
Buchwald “fooled us again…” and again and again. But he didn’t GET fooled. Not by the politicians who were in his cuddly crosshairs, and not by the people who outright stole from him.
The makers of the movie “Coming To America” come to mind. The movie, you may remember, is about a prince from
Buchwald wrote “King for a Day” in the 1980s. There was an option for a movie, which expired and wasn’t renewed. And all of a sudden up pops the
You can copyright a book or a script or a column, but you can’t copyright a style.
Anyone who’s written anything even faintly funny about politics in the last 50 years has “borrowed” from Buchwald.
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