The Press: Old-Shoe Columnist

Some months ago a sightseeing American couple stopped in at the Paris offices of the New York Herald Tribune and was steered to a battered wooden desk behind which sat a Buddha-shaped, bespectacled newsman placidly puffing a $1 Upmann cigar. "We visited the Eiffel Tower this morning," cried the woman tourist to Art Buchwald, 34, "and now we just had to meet you."

The Herald Tribune's Paris columnist accepted the intrusion with the cigar-flicking grace of a man who, after twelve years of casual association with celebrities, has become a celebrity himself. When he lunches at Maxim's, 30% is deducted from the...

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