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Issue: "Rockwell's resurgence," Nov. 24, 2001

The amount of money they were going to pay me and not knowing how I was going to perform ... that made it easy for me.

Retiring St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire, to St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Rick Hummel commenting on his responsibility to step aside, rather than accept $15 million more for another season of injury-addled, mediocre play. Mr. McGwire said that money is better spent elsewhere: "Maybe they can get a young stud hitter or use the money to get a closer, which they really need, and I'll be rooting for them." Big Mac's retirement comes after San Francisco Giants superstar Barry Bonds bested Mr. McGwire's single-season record of 70 home runs.

Being a father, a husband, being a son is a position he will have for the rest of his life.

John Cason, on his son, boxer Hasim Rahman. Mr. Rahman, 29, has pledged to retire from boxing by the age of 31. "I really think I can go to school, get a college degree," he said. "I have some business ventures going on. I'll turn myself into a successful businessman."

You would think there would be a lot more camaraderie, but there isn't.

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Thomas Reppetto, president of the Citizens Crime Committee, on the long-time rivalry between New York City police officers and firefighters. The feud flared up again this month after police attempted to arrest firefighters who were protesting the city's decision to scale back recovery efforts at the World Trade Center disaster site.

I would be the female Mick Jagger.

Actress Alexandra Wentworth, in Glamour, explaining her contentment with the idea of serial relationships-before she met and married ex-Bill Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos.

We still live a day at a time and take whatever comes.

Sylvia Utz, 103, on the 83rd anniversary of her marriage to Harley Utz, also 103, last summer. The couple had the longest marriage of any living couple until Mr. Utz died last week. He is survived by Mrs. Utz, their two sons, and their daughter.


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