From the Washington Post:
Now Available for Birthdays And Bar Mitzvahs
By Joe Heim, Justin Rude and Dan Zak
Sunday, December 21, 2008; N01
Joe: Well, readers, it’s never easy to say goodbye, and this farewell is harder than most. Our hearts are heavy and —
Dan: Oh, God, I hope you’re not going to turn this final column into a weep fest.
Joe: You don’t have to call me God, Dan. And I’m sorry if I’m a bit emotional. But after five years and 260 columns, it’s difficult to not feel sad about it ending.
Justin: We’ve only been at this for a year.
Joe: Really? Hmm. Feels longer.
Dan: And we’ve taken a week off on several occasions.
Joe: Whatever. I still feel sad.
Dan: No sappy goodbyes. Let’s go out like Redford and Newman in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” not like Debra Winger in “Terms of Endearment.” Let’s just answer the most important question we’ve received this year. …
And so we bid adieu to all of our faithful, extremely attractive readers. Thank you for your questions and humor. Clip this column and save it to show your grandchildren what life used to be like. Or if you’re reading this online, use a glass cutter to remove the column from your monitor. We are not so much perishing in the wildfire of newspaper cutbacks as we are taking a respite on the isle of Avalon (mythical, not New Jersey). If The Post should ever need us, we will be back — our wit polished like Excalibur — to save the world.