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Columnist Art Buchwald Hospitalized

June 28, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Art Buchwald was in serious but stable condition Wednesday in the intensive care unit of Georgetown University Medical Center following a stroke.

Buchwald, 74, was hospitalized June 16, and has been at the medical center since then, said hospital spokeswoman Angie Covarrubias. She said she was not aware if doctors had given a prognosis.

But his son, Joel, said Wednesday that his father was, ``doing a lot better.″

``He’s sleeping a lot. He’s recovering, but he is recovering slowly,″ he said.

He said the stroke had affected the side of his father’s brain responsible for the ability to speak, so he was not yet cracking his usual jokes. But he said he was optimistic his father would recover.

``He’ll have to go through rehabilitation, which is normal. It’s going to be a while. A lot of it depends on him,″ he said.

A writer of political and social satire, Art Buchwald’s syndicated column appears in more than 500 newspapers. The newspapers are currently rerunning old columns. Joel Buchwald said it was unclear when his father would be able to return to his work.

Art Buchwald was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1982. For many years, he was a columnist for the Herald Tribune in Paris.

He has published more than 30 books, including his memoirs, ``I’ll Always Have Paris″ and ``Leaving Home.″ His next book, ``Stella in Heaven: Almost a Novel,″ is due out in the fall.

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