American humorist who wrote a long-running column in The Washington Post and received the Pulitzer Prize for Outstanding Commentary in 1982.
He ran away from home at age seventeen and wanted to join the US Marine Corps, but was too young to sign himself up, so he bribed a drunk with a half pint of whiskey to pose as his legal guardian.
He was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1986.
He and his wife Ann adopted three children.
He was able to interview the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.
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