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Issue: "Peretti on publishing," Oct. 25, 1997

April 15th would become just another beautiful springtime day.

Congressman BILLY TAUZIN, in a "Scrap the Code" debate with House majority leader Dick Armey, who supports a flat-rate income tax. Mr. Tauzin supports the abolition of the income tax, and replacement with a national sales tax.

Hi, Johnny.

PRESIDENT CLINTON, from the White House videotapes, welcoming Johnny Chung and a host of Chinese businessmen to the Oval Office.

When the character Ellen came out, millions of Americans were forced to look at sexual orientation in a more open light.

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VICE PRESIDENT GORE, in a speech to the Hollywood Radio and Television Society.

In memory of Terry.

Sign on a car mistakenly thought by FBI agents to be part of a role-playing exercise. The exercise involved the agents' searching out "unsavory characters" linked to Oklahoma City bombing suspect Terry Nichols. The agents wrongly assumed the car was part of the exercise; they stopped the car, handcuffed and forced to the ground the teenage occupants, and searched and detained them at gunpoint before realizing their mistake. The sign was a tribute to a friend who died in a car crash last month.

There are no Michael Jordans.

Congressman JOHN KASICH, on the current crop of GOP presidential contenders.

We cannot move forward until all of our enemies are gone.

The motto of Kroth, the satanic cult led by Mississippi schoolboy GRANT BOYETTE, who is charged with masterminding the murders at a Pearl, Miss., high school.

The money wasn't as important as the message.

Pilot TAMMY S. BLAKEY, who won an $875,000 judgment against Continental Airlines in a sexual harassment suit alleging male pilots left cockpits strewn with pornographic photographs. The company had contended the pictures were hidden in "discreet" places.

If he wants to do that at his house, it's a more appropriate place than in someone's hotel.

Detroit Hotel Association president MICHAEL O'CALLAGHAN, complaining about Jack Kevorkian's leaving dead people at area hotels with notes for those who discover the bodies to have police contact lawyer Geoffrey Fieger.


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