“The Man Who Wouldn’t Die,” an article by Art Buchwald, appears in Tuesday’s Washington Post.
Buchwald, now living in a hospice in Washington, D.C., underwent surgery to amputate his right leg last Christmas. He suffered kidney failure and had been on dialysis. However, Buchwald did not want to continue that three-hour — four times a week process and it has been discontinued. By his choice, he says he has also discontinued medication. “I don’t want to do it. “
He has been receiving calls from friends like Ben Bradlee, George Stevens, Jr. members of the Kennedy family Tom Brokaw, Alain Bernheim with whom he wrote the movie “King For A Day” — over which they sued Paramount.
When I spoke to Buchwald on the phone Monday at the hospice, he laughingly admitted the title of his piece in the Washington Post is “a little tongue in cheek.” But without the dialysis treatment or medications, the prognosis is obvious. He said he’s still writing “stuff” and spends time watching movies.
He watched the Academy Awards on TV, Sunday night. His comments would have made for another good column. He wrote one for over 50 years, having started his career writing for Variety from Paris in 1950, and in 1996, wrote the book,”We’ll Always Have Paris I 1996.” The titles of some of Buchwald’s books are “I Am Not a Crook,” “While Reagan Slept,” “You Can Fool All of the People All of the Time,” “Lighten Up George,” and “We’ll Laugh Again.” He won a Pulitzer for Outstanding Commentary in 1982.
I last saw Buchwald at the Kennedy Center Honors last December. As always he held court regaling everyone with his inimitable sense of humor-with his inimitable delivery of same. He remains “The Man Who Wouldn’t Die.”