Art Buchwald 1925-2007
(drawn from a photo taken at his 80th birthday celebration)

© Joan Lansberry

January 19, 2007

The news was all in the papers, Art Buchwald had died. I hadn't paid much attention to this Pulitzer prize winning journalist who has written more than thirty books. THIRTY books! You think I'd have paid more attention. Anyway, I paid attention to the column he wrote that he wished distributed following his death. What was he thinking about so close to death? What regrets had he had? "For some reason my mind keeps turning to food. I know I have not eaten all the eclairs I always wanted." Eclairs! Facing death, he was not saying, "Oh, I should have eaten more steel cut oatmeal," he was wishing for more eclairs.

Chowhound that I am, I so readily identify. Seeking other quotes for which he is known, I found the following:

“Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got.”

So true!