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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Daniel of the Year 2004," Dec. 11, 2004

"We wake up to Christmas for about 45 days of the year. You ever seen the movie Groundhog Day? It's just like that."

Le Nguyen of Monte Sereno, Calif., on going to the city council to stop neighbor Alan Aerts's giant Christmas display, which included a surfing Santa and carol-singing mannequins and drew 1,500 cars to the street last year. This year, Mr. Aerts put up a Grinch statue that points to Mr. Nguyen's home and says, "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch."

"$1.04 million."

The estimated amount of taxes owed by 74-time Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings on his $2,520,700 winnings from the game show. The answer on which he finally lost: "Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year." Correct response: "What is H&R Block?"

"A bit barmy."

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Leukemia patient Lloyd Scott on how people might characterize his seven-week trip across the Australian outback on a vintage penny farthing bicycle. He undertook the trip to inspire and raise $1.9 million for leukemia patients.

"I am tired of having to read a book every week-on my own time."

C-SPAN founder and CEO Brian Lamb on the end of his show Booknotes, after 15 years and 801 episodes.


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