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1991 Stories by Tom Fitzpatrick

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  • HOISTING A STIRRUP-CUP

    published December 25, 1991

    It was an uncommon funeral service. The mourners, most wearing cowboy boots and ranchers' rough clothes, sat in makeshift pews at the... More >>

  • Backed to the Wall, Snarling

    published December 25, 1991

    I arrived at the Ritz-Carlton hotel early. It was raining heavily. The inadequate parking lot was jammed with cars and trucks sent out by all... More >>

  • HOW TO GET AWAY WITH RAPE

    published December 18, 1991

    Al Heinze was powerful for a while. And why shouldn't he be? Heinze was the man who made life fine and mellow for the men who run the... More >>

  • NORTH BY SOUTHWEST

    published December 18, 1991

    Almost reverently, they stood in line. In their hands were clutched the oversize volumes of Lieutenant Colonel Oliver L. North's best-selling... More >>

  • Thirteen Thoughts

    published December 11, 1991

    1. Charlie Keating finally took the great fall. These days the headline writers use words like "fraud" and "bilked" in writing about him. ... More >>

  • DO YOU BELIEVEIN MAGIC?

    published November 13, 1991

    It was midafternoon. As usual, CNN was playing in the background. Most of the time, when I'm home, it remains that way. A promo that Larry King's... More >>

  • AS SEEN ON TV,A FAMOUS PHOENIX MURDER

    published November 6, 1991

    I have finally figured out the Redmond murder case. Since I am not extremely quick on the draw, this has only taken me ten years and a few... More >>

  • THIS SPORTING LIFE

    published October 30, 1991

    There has been so much speculation surrounding the Arizona State University and Phoenix Cardinals football teams that I decided to see for... More >>

  • IN THE NEWSROOM, POTS AND KETTLES

    published October 23, 1991

    Bad things often happen to good journalists. Nina Totenberg of National Public Radio and Juan Williams of the Washington Post played key... More >>

  • DON'T LAUGH AT ME, ARIZONA

    published October 23, 1991

    You are J. Fife Symington III, a man for whom the ninth-floor governor's office is quickly turning into a scofflaw's tower cell. Down... More >>

  • LOW TIDE IN AMERICA

    published October 16, 1991

    LATE SUNDAY NIGHT--Finally, it is over. In Washington, D.C., it is past 2 a.m. This is the hour for stealth; a perilous period when... More >>

  • EYES ON THE PRIZE

    published October 9, 1991

    I went back out of curiosity. They were presenting this year's Pulitzer Prizes at Columbia University in New York City. It was... More >>

  • ETHICAL ELIXIRS

    published October 9, 1991

    Michael Josephson knows all there is to know about ethics. He talks on interminably. Squat, intense and bespectacled, he keeps it up . .... More >>

  • FIFE BEING DRUMMED

    published September 18, 1991

    Once again, on Sunday night, there was the irate face of J. Fife Symington III. The governor's moistened lips were pursed with aristocratic... More >>

  • EVIL'S ORDINARY FACE

    published September 18, 1991

    The level of fear has risen. I don't think anyone realizes just how seriously. The murders of the Buddhist monks on August 10 have... More >>

  • IRON MIKE IS OUT OF CONTROL

    published September 18, 1991

    Mike Tyson's lifelong criminal tendencies have overtaken him. His life has become the classic cautionary tale of the talented young man... More >>

  • CHILD PRODIGY, ADULT STAR

    published September 11, 1991

    They sit there in growing awe. The silence of the darkened theatre is broken frequently by applause. It is billed simply as "A Tribute... More >>

  • QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS

    published August 14, 1991

    "Should we assume there are violent criminals on the loose?" asked the woman reporter from Channel 12. This is what you might call a... More >>

  • MARY ROSE WILCOX AND THE FLORIDA MONEY TREE

    published August 7, 1991

    Perhaps we're too quick to criticize political figures. Take the case of Mary Rose Wilcox, for example. She is now seeking a fifth term... More >>

  • ACTS OF DESPAIR

    published August 7, 1991

    There was a time when people believed that Conley Wolfswinkel was the richest, and therefore one of the most interesting and talented men in... More >>

  • RHODES TO INDIAN SCHOOL, SPINELESS JAY RHODES

    published July 31, 1991

    I don't know of a more astonishing failure in the present Congress than Representative John J. Rhodes Jr. Rhodes' decision to... More >>

  • ROSE AND THE DIAMOND PARADISE

    published July 24, 1991

    I had forgotten how manipulative and deceitful Pete Rose can be. Rose was back on national television the other day attempting to... More >>

  • THE PRINTS ON THE CAN

    published July 17, 1991

    Charles Hyder, the career prosecutor, takes his seat in the witness box. He squares his shoulders and stares directly ahead. ... More >>

  • MARCHIN' THOMAS TO THE BIG HOUSE

    published July 10, 1991

    President George Bush's appointment of Judge Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court is so slick, so urbanely cynical, that it will become... More >>

  • SETTLING SCORES

    published July 10, 1991

    It will be as tense a moment as anyone can ever remember in a Maricopa County Superior Court. The following words will be heard... More >>

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