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Tom Shales quitting Washington Post?

October 13, 2010 - 05:52 PM
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An unusual posting appeared on Washington Post Company CEO and chairman Don Graham's Facebook wall on Sept. 30, 2010. It appears to be authored by Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic Tom Shales. It reads:

Dec. 31, 2010 -- and you won't have me to kick around any more! After 39 years (not 40 -- like Johnny Carson, I'm being pulled up short -- Of course, resemblance to Johnny pretty much ends there), I'm being handed my hat, as dear friend Carmody used to say. I'm over-and-outta here; I'm a-headin' for the last roundup; Like Webster's Dictionary, I'm Morocco-bound. Maybe not Morocco - maybe . . . CASABLANCA. I'll go their for the waters - and wait ... and wait... and wait. Johnny said he would do it all over again. So would i -- i would GLADLY live his life all over again -- at HIS salary. I have no hard feelings, which may be why I keep getting that infernal Viagra and Cialis span. I leave with a song in my heart -- it's right next to the blocked artery. Who says there are no third acts in American lives?! On the other hand, I'm certainly living through the longest INTERMISSION I ever heard of.

Reached on Wednesday afternoon, Style Editor Ned Martel declined to comment to Erik Wemple on the matter, citing deadline pressures. We'll work on this story and update it as we get more. Full image of the Facebook posting, with comments, post-jump.

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