Updated 9:14 p.m.: The Associated Press obit said Nofziger died of cancer at his home in Falls Church, Va. The obit contains several gems, including these grafs:
“I’m not a social friend of the Reagans,” he told an interviewer. “That’s by their choice and by mine. They don’t drink enough.”
Bombay gin, outrageous puns and fierce loyalty to Reagan and conservative Republican principles were Nofziger hallmarks. His caustic wit made him a favorite among some reporters who covered Reagan as governor and president and on his various campaigns. One of his trademarks was a stock of Mickey Mouse neckties.