Anyone who even has a passing interest in Hollywood should regularly check out Army Archerd's column at www.armyarcherd.com. There's a link over there on the right, yep, right there.
Army keeps the world up to date on important happenings, events and people that makes them read like you were there.
One such instance was his recent conversation with Art Buchwald the Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, author and humorist. The conversation would have been a difficult one for me had I been on the phone, but like two friends, Army and Art discussed Arts decision to forgo dialysis and other medical treatments that could prolong his life. He is currently living in a Washington D.C. hospice and is reportedly doing fine.
Art Buchwald's humor is infectious and his writing on political events brings a strange light to politics in general. He is known for a series of political humor books, a column which ran in the Washington Post for many years and in terms of Hollywood, probably best known for his lawsuit against Paramount Pictures.
He and a friend wrote "King For A Day" which Buchwald later claimed Paramount used as a basis for the Eddie Murphy film "Coming To America." Buchwald won the lawsuit but the studio reportedly said the movie hadn't really made much of a profit so a settlement would be out of the question.
Story has it the judge then threatened to audit the books of Paramount in an attempt to find out where all the money went, and very soon thereafter, the studio agreed to a settlement amount.
But Art Buchwald is more than that one lawsuit. He is one of a vanishing breed of political satirist. It seems now, everything is serious to the point of paranoia. You almost can't make a joke about one party or the other without someone on cable television calling you a traitor.
So as Art said, we'll laugh again. But we may never be young again.
I wish Art Buchwald all the best on his journey!