The First Video Obituary I’ve Ever Watched

It’s for Art Buchwald, who died today. Here’s his obituary in the N.Y. Times; click on the “video feature” link, and you’ll see a brief video obituary, with Buchwald himself delivering an opening line that, in a newspapers-moving-to-the-web way, ranks right up there with Alexander Bell’s famous “Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you.” Here’s what Buchwald says: “Hi, I’m Art Buchwald, and I just died.”


coyotesqrl

I watched the videos this morning; they were touching, moving, and a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. I especially liked his disappointment at never making Nixon's enemies list, and of course his stunning introductory sentence.

editorguy

Whatever your opinion of the NYT, one has to admire the way it grasped, early on, the possibilities of the Internet. While others grumbled about lost readers, the NYT jumped in with both feet and have a superior product -- not surprisingly, perhaps.

Only the Wall Street Journal has done a better job -- I think they even make money from the Web -- but then that paper is quite another animal.

coyotesqrl

I watched the videos this morning; they were touching, moving, and a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. I especially liked his disappointment at never making Nixon's enemies list, and of course his stunning introductory sentence.

editorguy

Whatever your opinion of the NYT, one has to admire the way it grasped, early on, the possibilities of the Internet. While others grumbled about lost readers, the NYT jumped in with both feet and have a superior product -- not surprisingly, perhaps.

Only the Wall Street Journal has done a better job -- I think they even make money from the Web -- but then that paper is quite another animal.