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Quotables

Issue: "Day scare," Jan. 10, 1998

"Ladies and gentlemen, you are all officially breaking the law if you are smoking."

Pine Cove Inn tavern manager GERRY SHERMAN, minutes into the new year, reminding patrons of a new California anti-smoking law that took effect on Jan. 1, 1998.

"Drop that gun!"

One of two Secret Service officers who burst through a Willard Hotel door and grabbed an actress who fired a pistol blank during a play. The agents were in a private dining room next door guarding Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz. The Service's Lisa Risley told The Washington Post, "Some people would say they overreacted but that is their job."

"It's all right, punkin, everything's going to be all right now."

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Detective FRANK TURCHI, in a sworn affidavit quoting an eyewitness who overheard former nurse Orville Lynn Majors reassuring patient Dorothea Hixon before he administered a lethal injection that killed her. Det. Turchi's affidavit was filed in an Indiana court to support charges that Mr. Majors killed Ms. Hixon and five other patients. He pleaded not guilty last week.

"Spit is spit. By any name, it's still spit."

Georgia state Rep. DOROTHY PELOTE, on legislation requiring grocers to supply baggers with sponges or something else to dampen their digits for a better grip to open bags. Rep. Pelote began her crusade after a bag boy kept licking his fingers while bagging her groceries.

"God has truly blessed us all. Pretty, isn't it?"

Homeless Atlantic City, N.J., woman AISHA MUHAMMAD, on receiving the gift of a fur coat from the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA officials took 40 donated coats from fur owners who had second thoughts about the fur trade and gave them to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. "Homeless people are the only ones left with an excuse for wearing furs," a PETA spokesman said.

"Stay with us, Michael!"

RORY KENNEDY, sister of Michael Kennedy, as her brother lay dying of injuries sustained in a skiing accident. Mr. Kennedy's three children, aged 10, 13, and 14, knelt in the snow and prayed. Mr. Kennedy was 39. RORY KENNEDY, sister of Michael Kennedy, as her brother lay dying of injuries sustained in a skiing accident. Mr. Kennedy's three children, aged 10, 13, and 14, knelt in the snow and prayed. Mr. Kennedy was 39.

"I do it on impulse, and I bought this ticket when I was in buying some fine Wisconsin beer for my staff's Christmas party."

Rep. JIM SENSENBRENNER (R-Wisc.), on winning a $250,000 Washington, D.C., lottery jackpot with a $2 ticket.

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