I just learned that the humorist Art Buchwald died this morning. Some of you who are younger probably won't remember him, because he hasn't written that much in recent years due to ill health. He's enshrined in my memory, though, as my undergrad commencement speaker.
Usually Georgetown University has someone Serious, August and Sober to address its graduating classes--like George Will. However, in l979, they tapped Art Buchwald, who conveniently lived just across the Potomac from the G-town campus. He came over and brought the house down with a comedic monologue for the ages. I don't remember too much of the speech, because the tradition at that time among the distinguished graduates was to drink Champagne before, during and after the service(i think that is, um, frowned upon and Not Done today). I do remember him telling us that we should look forward to the future, blah, blah, blah, but if we didn't want to do that, just go out and pretend today is yesterday and have yourself a hell of a good time. That was pretty neat...you usually don't remember much of what was said on days like that, but it's always a great thing to know that you laughed.
If I remember correctly, the next class--l980--had as their speaker a fellow graduate and Rhodes Scholar(G-town '65, I think) who had just launched a political career in Arkansas, his home state. His name was Bill Cllinton.