Sunday, September 27, 2009

William Safire, Pulitzer Prize winning N.Y. Times columnist,dies at 79

William Safire, 79, conservative political columnist and word maven, died today at a hospice in Rockville, Md., of pancreatic cancer. Mr. Safire, who won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1978, wrote a semi-weekly political column in the Times from 1973 to 2005, penning an erudite and opinionated series of articles, ultimately creating a body of work that he described as libertarian conservative. He said he "was hired to be a sore thumb" at the famously liberal newspaper.

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