William Safire, 1929-2009

I was startled a few hours ago to hear that the grand-daddy of political “pundits”, William Safire, whose outstandingly informative columns on politics and the use of language educated, persuaded and entertained so many of us for so long, has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 79. I didn’t even know he was ill, and I am awfully sad to learn that he is gone.

His Times obituary is here.


  1. Charles says

    This comes as a surprise to me as well. I had no idea he was ill either.

    (You may want to correct the unfortunate typo of “awfully” in the last line.)

    Posted September 28, 2009 at 2:48 am | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Ha! Thanks Charles – done. I’ve been getting awfully sloppy lately.

    Posted September 28, 2009 at 10:33 am | Permalink
  3. I just read his 2005 goodbye column. Very cleverly done.

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted September 28, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

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