Art Buchwald was one of America's premier satirical columnists from the 1950s through the 90s. After serving in the Marines during World War II, he enrolled at USC in Los Angeles on the GI bill and edited the campus paper, the Daily Trojan, but left the school when he realized he couldn't get a degree because he hadn't graduated from high school. Off to Paris he went, where he began writing for Variety and then the New York Herald Tribune.
Back in America, Buchwald worked mainly for the Washington Post. He wrote 41 books and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 for "Outstanding Commentary." Upon his death in 2007, the New York Times posted a video obituary in which Buchwald said "Hi. I'm Art Buchwald and I just died."