Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "The new school year," Sept. 11, 1999

Return to sender. You must be morons to send me this letter!

Bernard Lewinsky, father of former presidential intern Monica Lewinsky, scribbling on a fundraising letter from the Clinton Legal Expense Trust that sought help in paying off the $10.5 million in legal expenses of the president. A family friend informed reporters of Dr. Lewinsky's reaction to the solicitation.

He was probably hoping that it was someone other than a police officer.

Lt. Jerry Roberts of the Hermiston, Ore., police department, on an accused bank robber who inadvertently locked himself in the trunk of his getaway car while making a quick change of clothes after allegedly hitting a U.S. Bank branch. The suspect pounded on the inside of the trunk and yelled for help. Officer Darryl Johnson heard the plea for help and was glad to oblige, and then slap cuffs on the alleged perpetrator.

It's just a shame. Some of the smartest kids in the world are here. Maybe they think they're too smart to suffer the consequences.

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Chris Johnson, 19, an MIT sophomore from Columbia, Tenn., on the death of a classmate who died while trying to get high by inhaling laughing gas from a plastic bag. The medical examiner said the 22-year-old physics major died of asphyxiation as a result of nitrous oxide intoxication. Nitrous oxide displaces oxygen in the blood, and when used as a recreational drug it can cause dizziness, light-headedness, and euphoria.

South Park is a grotesque and negative show-we wanted to get away from all that.

The Rev. Alan Mayer, a governor of the South Park Infants school in Surry, England, on the parents' decision to rename the school The Orchards, as the movie South Park opened last week in Britain. South Park is heavy on profanity, crudity, and violence.

You have to ask whether Generation X is wanting to be all that it can be.

Vanderbilt advertising professor Roland Russ in USA Today on why the well-known Army recruiting slogan is not working with today's 18- to 24-year-old set. The Army is considering dropping the slogan.


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