What spokesman James Hagerty failed to understand was that the column was a spoof.
The writer replied, "Hagerty is wrong. I write adulterated rot."
He was once printed in more newspapers than any other columnist. His column explaining Thanksgiving to the French, is a holiday tradition in many families. He won a Pulitzer for commentary in 1982.
His line with the longest legs:
"If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it."
You can watch his own video obit, which he recorded for the New York Times.