Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Trial and terror," Sept. 1, 2001

There are a lot of needlepointers out there.

Bill Williams, executive director of the Louisville Slugger Museum, after receiving protests about a billboard proclaiming that the museum has "more old bats than a needlepoint convention." Workers painted over the offending phrase.

It's a nice contract, but really, if you have $10 million, how can you spend that? You want to go out and achieve, no matter the contract.

NBA player Raef LaFrentz, in the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, on the possibility that he will receive a contract similar to the six-year, $85 million contract his college teammate Paul Pierce signed with the Boston Celtics. Mr. LaFrentz, who plays for the Denver Nuggets, may become a free agent in October.

Begging for more money is the last thing we need to be doing. The IMF gave us $40 billion last December, and look where we are, asking for more.

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Unemployed Argentine Arturo Toboada, commenting on the International Monetary Fund's decision to loan Argentina $8 billion to help the South American country avoid defaulting on $130 billion in debt. Mr. Toboada said the government instead should focus on cutting bloated spending programs.

He's a brat.

Veterinarian Dawn Kelly, of Tufts University, on a bald eagle that attacked New Hampshire beachgoers, including a 3-year-old girl (who did not require medical care), because it had become accustomed to people giving it food. "It's hungry, it's skinny, it sees humans and thinks there must be food," she said. An animal control officer captured the bird and took it to Tufts' School of Veterinary Medicine.

As I got closer to the bottom, I had the feeling this was a bad idea.

Suicide survivor Hanns Jones, after living through a 200-foot jump off of Florida's Sunshine Skyway Bridge into the choppy waters of Tampa Bay. He suffered broken ribs on both sides, a broken neck, a burst spleen, and a collapsed lung. "It's unbelievable the man survived," said Jim Cunningham, one of the paramedics who responded.


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