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Issue: "Hail to the Fox," Sept. 15, 2001

They had what they wanted, and they enjoyed the life they knew and wanted.

John Patrick Ball, executor of the estate of Gladys Gwendolyn Davis and Vivian Davis Michael, two West Virginia sisters who lived simply, became multimillionaires while telling no one about their wealth, and left West Virginia University $18.4 million, mostly to support veterinary medicine, after they died. Ms. Michael died in 1998 at age 82; Ms. Davis died this year at age 88.

When parents start to feel as strongly about drugs in schools as they do about asbestos in schools, we'll take a giant step forward.

Joseph Califano, of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, on a survey in which 60 percent of all teenagers said their school was not drug-free.

The last person who visited me was-I don't know if I need to call her name.... She's missing. You know who I'm talking about.

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Georgia State Rep. Dorothy B. Pelote, during a morning devotional message on the state House floor in which she claimed that a dead Chandra Levy had "visited" her. The former teacher told her fellow state lawmakers that she has been able to communicate with the dead ever since she nearly drowned as a child.

Sending a message that life is something that should be valued and celebrated is something I thought everyone else would agree with.

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Bob Peeler, on Planned Parenthood's lawsuit to block the state from making available "choose life" license plates, the proceeds from which would go to crisis pregnancy centers in the state.

I've thought about it. I would bring some fun back into that place.

NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and sportscaster Terry Bradshaw, on running for governor of Louisiana. "I'm a Republican," he said. "But if that's going to hurt me, I'll go neutral."


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