The Ultimate Cigar Aficionado

Ninety-eight-year-old George Burns shares memories of his life.

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"I find you have to take each day as it comes and be thankful for who's left and whatever you can still do. I have my daughter Sandy and my son Ronnie. I have seven grandchildren and five great great-grandchildren. They keep me busy and so does my work. Without that, I'd be lost. That's why I'm so grateful that after all these years there's still a demand for me."
The interview is running longer than either of us had planned--after all, covering 98 years takes time--and I notice that Burns is beginning to glance impatiently at his wristwatch.
"One final question," I assure him. "Do you miss your friends at Hillcrest?"
"Yes I do," he replies. "I'm the only one left." He puffs on his cigar thoughtfully for a moment and then adds, "I guess that makes me the funniest one at the Round Table."
Arthur Marx is the author of three books and two plays about his father, Groucho.
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