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Quotes of the Day for 20 October 2003 – Art Buchwald

Art Buchwald was born at Mt. Vernon, New York, and raised in Queens, mostly in foster homes. He didn't graduate from high school, but found a drunk stranger to forge his father's signature so he could join the Marines at sixteen. He attended the University of Southern California on his return, but when he learned that he could go to Paris on the GI Bill. He was soon writing for Variety magazine and the New York Herald Tribune. (He covered the nightlife in Paris for the Tribune and was soon the best-fed newsman in Europe.) The Tribune syndicated his column in 1952, in 1962 he moved back to the US and maintains an office on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington City, down the street from the White House he pokes fun at. He was awarded a Pulitzer in 1982 for his commentary, has had at least 32 books published, and his column now appears in some 550 papers.

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The quotes:

Americans are a broad-minded people. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater, and even a newspaperman; but if a man doesn't drive there's something wrong with him.

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

If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it.

Americans are just beginning to regard food the way the French always have. Dinner is not what you do in the evening before something else. Dinner is the evening.

It dawned on me that the Japanese attack could be my ticket out of high school.

I always wanted to get into politics, but I was never light enough to make the team.
     - Art Buchwald

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