Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Art Buchwald Video Obituary

Some more quick stuff on Art Buchwald's death this week. The New York Times has a new video feature on its website called 'The Last Word.' Art Buchwald is apparently the first guest to be interviewed about their life and death before they died (obviously). For big fans of Art, view all 4 short videos (about 3 mins. each) . For those just interested in hospice and palliative care, view Video 1 and 4.

The best and most classic moment (which I will do no justice here by typing...you just gotta see it) is when Art says..."Hi. I'm Art Buchwald and I just died." I totally laughed out loud. I have watched it a couple of times because he is a pretty funny guy in person not just on paper. (about 30 seconds into video 1)

The second best moment is his newly coined phrase "A celebrity for death" in video 4.

It would be nice to see some of these things for all people not just celebrities. I know people typically make photo collage videos, but it is nice to have some insight into who the person is, if they have been able to face their own mortality.

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