(October 20, 1925-January 17, 2007)
Born in Queens, New York
Columnist for the European edition of the 'New York Herald Tribune' (1949-62) and for the 'Washington Post' (1962-2006)
His column was syndicated in over 300 newspapers
Won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary (1982)
Wrote the books 'Paris After Dark' (1950), 'A Gift from the Boys' (1958), 'Son of the Great Society' (1961), 'Washington Is Leaking' (1976), 'While Reagan Slept' (1982), 'Leaving Home' (1993), 'I'll Always Have Paris' (1995), 'Stella in Heaven: Almost a Novel' (1997) and 'Too Soon to Say Goodbye' (2006)
Successfully sued Paramount Pictures for not crediting or paying him for the original idea for the film 'Coming to America' (1988)
Why he might be annoying
He ran away from home at age 17.
He dropped out of both high school and college.
As an adult, he refused to visit his mother in an asylum, saying, 'I preferred the mother I had invented to the one I would find in the hospital.'
He suffered sever depression during the early 1960s and the 1980s.
He said that a third bout would get him inducted into 'the Bipolar Hall of Fame.'
He smoked cigars and refused to exercise, saying it was dangerous to his health.
Why he might not be annoying
His mother was committed to an asylum only weeks after his birth.
During World War II, he lied about his age to join the Marines at 17.
President Eisenhower's press secretary James Hagerty mistook one of his spoofs as a serious news item and denounced it as 'unadulterated rot.' He responded, 'Mr. Hagerty is wrong. I wrote adulterated rot.'
He established a scholarship for the 'most irreverent' journalism student at USC.
After suffering kidney failure, he decided to forego dialysis and 'just enjoy life and see where it takes me.'
Commenting on the many honors he received during his last year, he said, 'I never realized dying was so much fun.'
Credit: C. Fishel
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In 2016, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 8 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 23 Votes: 56.52% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 7 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 17 Votes: 64.71% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 8 Votes: 37.50% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 26 Votes: 57.69% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 21 Votes: 38.10% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 37 Votes: 48.65% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 216 Votes: 47.69% Annoying
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