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The Cuban Experience, Etc.

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In my Impromptus today, I lead with an extraordinary personality, Jackie Mason, the comedian, who has died at 93. He and Bill Buckley once had a talk about his craft, meaning Jackie’s. Very interesting conversation. WFB was always asking other people about their work — the secrets of their trade. He was endlessly curious, WFB was. Part of what made him a great journalist, writer, and person.

I further write about the vax wars. I was rather moved by the words of Kay Ivey, the governor of Alabama, which is America’s least vaccinated state. She is at her wit’s end. “I’ve done all I know how to do.”

I conclude my column with a little reminiscence of Bob Dole, who turned 98 last week. I was an intern in Dole’s Senate office, long ago. “Brush with greatness,” as David Letterman would........

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