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Issue: "Mid-term, mid-field pileup," Dec. 11, 1999

Less use of colorful language and less sexuality.

Jim Byrne, vice president of marketing for the World Wrestling Federation, on the new style of WWF shows in the wake of Coca-Cola's decision to end a two-year advertising deal with the group.

We knew it was a big risk. But I didn't want to give in to the false security of being politically correct.

Vintage Drum Center owner and president Ned Ingberman, on his decision to run pro-life ads for his Iowa-based company. One ad, for instance, has a thumbnail-size drawing of two feet and reads: "Will these feet ever play the bass and the hi-hat? They are the exact size and shape of an unborn baby's feet at ten weeks after conception. They would like to have a choice. If they were your feet, wouldn't you?"

This game deserves to be played with dignity. If you beat the other guy, fine. Wow for you because you're getting paid to beat the other guy.... Handle it with class.

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New Orleans Saints coach Mike Ditka, on the throat-slashing gesture some NFL players make to celebrate successful plays. The league is contemplating a fine against Saints defensive lineman Willie Whitehead for an apparent use of the gesture following a quarterback sack against the Los Angeles Rams.

Everybody's dumped us.

Nancy Osgood, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of the Susquehanna Valley, on the refusal of all Lancaster County, Pa., hospitals to sign emergency transfer agreements. Planned Parenthood is attempting to start the first abortion clinic in the county since the procedure was legalized 26 years ago, but the state requires abortion facilities to have a written agreement with a nearby hospital to care for patients in case of an emergency.

I'm taking down my Clinton pictures. I've got better ones now.

CBS president Les Moonves, upon his return from the Vatican, where he presented the pope with a videotape of the network's new movie about Jesus.


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