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Fri Mar 27, 2020, 09:45 AM

43. Everybody loved Art

My parents saw him all the time. Ironically, as with Helen, I didn't spend much time with him until after my dad passed. Then, it was, oh, your HIS son! Dave Broder used to take us into the inner sanctum of the Washington Post and had us meet Herb Block's successor, Tom Toles. This started with me early on. As an 8 year old, my dad used to take me up to the Capitol and hang out at the Senate Press Gallery, a special large room set aside where Senators of both parties and member of the press could hang out. There were friends of the family (long story) like Javits and Humphrey, and then some Senators who just loved to entertain, especially Everett Dirksen of Illinois. His way of talking earned him the unofficial title of the "Wizard of Ooze." Then we used to just stroll into the Capitol. These days, you have to go through two layers of security and show what your business is.

Art today would have found a way, in his own unique style, to tear the Trumpanzees some savage wounds, all the while cloaking his barbs in the guise of the bumbling, confused Jewish guy from New York. One of Art's all time classic columns was written the year I was born, when he was a Paris correspondent. He called it Le Jour de Merci Donnant, and called it a guide to explaining Thanksgiving to the French. It was full of deliberate mistranslations, and had you in stitches if you understood both French and English.

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