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Issue: "Gunpoint evangelist," Oct. 9, 1999

Granted, I could go out and lose everything gambling and drinking, but there's no sense in denying it. It's in my blood.

Professional golfer John Daly, after two years on the wagon, telling Golf World magazine that he "relapsed" in June by purchasing a 12-pack of beer and drinking it all in one sitting. "It's sad," he said, "but I think it's great to be free."

I have decided that I have read all the fiction about Ronald Reagan I intend to read-so I think I will pass on this book.

Presidential daughter Maureen Reagan, criticizing Edmund Morris's biography of her dad.

The thrill is gone.

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Vicki LaGrange, manager of Matt's No Place Bar & Restaurant in Dallas, in USA Today on why she's quit smoking cigars. Her restaurant is starting to kick the habit as the cigar fad fades. It once held nightly "cigar dinners" at $75 per person. The newspaper reported the dinners are down to two a week and the price has dropped to $50 a head. Cigar sales are down 10 percent; premium cigar sales are off 25 percent.

Boy, I've got to do more to prepare for retirement.

Social Security commissioner Kenneth Apfel, on how the average taxpayer will react when he discovers how little Social Security provides in retirement benefits. Starting this month, the Social Security administration for the first time begins mailing estimated benefits statements-a $70 million per year project-to taxpayers.

I can't imagine doing the show while in the Senate.

Tabloid TV talking head Jerry Springer, refusing to rule out a future campaign for political office, but promising to quit his show if ever elected.

Peace begins in the womb, Sarah.

Message on the T-shirt of a female pro-life activist at a Lilith Fair concert, protesting the pro-abortion views of most of the musicians. Her message was aimed at Lilith Fair founder Sarah McLachlan.


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