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Art Buchwald
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    (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)
    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.
    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.'

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