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1991 Stories by Tom Fitzpatrick

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  • WHAT WE SERVE IS . . . THROUGH

    published July 10, 1991

    Almost every day there is a new development in the America West Airlines story. I discount the ones that involve Governor J. Fife... More >>

  • THE FIRE THIS TIME

    published July 3, 1991

    "I've been waiting two days to get on the stand," Chuck Diettrich says. He is a husky man in a dark blue pinstripe suit. He paces slowly... More >>

  • THE RISE AND GALL OF RUBEN ORTEGA

    published June 19, 1991

    He loved power. Without it, Ruben Ortega was just an ordinary man. He was possessed of neither dazzling wit nor overwhelming... More >>

  • THE JUDGE'S LONG GOODBYE

    published June 12, 1991

    This would be different. For nearly twenty years, Philip Marquardt had been a Superior Court judge. Whenever he took the bench to speak,... More >>

  • THE OLD SOLDIER

    published June 12, 1991

    The organ played softly. The casket containing Joseph Hessinger's body was rolled slowly down the sloping aisle to the front of the... More >>

  • ONE LAST CALL

    published June 12, 1991

    I'm not surprised the jury didn't convict Richard Horwitz on two counts of second-degree murder. I wouldn't have voted for his... More >>

  • Keating's Camelback Connection

    published June 5, 1991

    So much happened here. And now the grass bordering the headquarters of Charlie Keating's American Continental Corporation at 2735 East... More >>

  • SOMEWHERE, BILL LEE IS LIGHTING A VICTORY CIGAR

    published May 29, 1991

    These are truly dark days for sportswriters covering the Chicago Cubs. The sacking of Don Zimmer, a popular manager, is a... More >>

  • NO MORE NEED TO LEAK'M, MECHAM SPEAK'M AND TWEEK'M CAUSE PRESS TO FREAK'M

    published May 29, 1991

    Evan Mecham was back. And even though he still sported that same crooked grin, this was a new Mecham. No longer Arizona's governor, he's... More >>

  • THE CROOKED DIGNITARY

    published May 22, 1991

    Jim Meredith, the former Republican majority leader of Arizona's House of Representatives, is obviously a man without shame. If I... More >>

  • BEAUVAIS' BUMPY RIDE

    published May 22, 1991

    I wanted to make sure I'd get a seat at the America West Airlines stockholders meeting. For this reason, I drove down I-10 to the Pointe at... More >>

  • IN PLAIN VIEW

    published May 15, 1991

    This is a brief account of a Maricopa County deputy sheriff's overreaction and stupidity. During the sentencing of state Senator... More >>

  • BETRAYAL LESSONS

    published May 15, 1991

    His appearance in the courtroom was a shock. We all remembered him as belligerent and fearless during the impeachment trial of Evan... More >>

  • PREZ CREDENTIALS

    published May 15, 1991

    We are too hard on Dan Quayle. We should accept the heir to the Pulliam fortune for what he is rather than fret about his becoming... More >>

  • COTTON'S CLOWN ACT

    published May 8, 1991

    What's left to say? They were awful. Who else could I be talking about except the Phoenix Suns? There are times when a ball... More >>

  • The Last Laugh

    published May 8, 1991

    A fable for modern times: Once upon a time, in a city not far away, a most remarkable thing took place. In this city,... More >>

  • THE SUNS' EMPTY CHAMBERS

    published May 1, 1991

    Don't get me wrong. Don't sit there and assume I'm astonished that the Phoenix Suns pay Tom Chambers $2,060,000 a year for halfheartedly... More >>

  • FOREMAN'S FIGHT OF A LIFETIME

    published May 1, 1991

    The white Acura pulled into my driveway and slammed to a halt. David Ramras, the lawyer, leaped from behind the wheel. "Here's... More >>

  • AN OLD AND TIRED HOOD

    published April 24, 1991

    "Criminals develop the panic disease," Joseph Charles Stedino says. His remark is greeted by silence. Murray Miller,... More >>

  • IMAGINARY MALADIES

    published April 17, 1991

    For the past two weeks, we've seen what is quite possibly the most magnificent hoax in Phoenix Suns history unfold. I refer, of... More >>

  • THESETTING SUNS

    published April 10, 1991

    Prior to the mysterious rash of injuries, "Your Phoenix Suns," as announcer Al McCoy always calls them, were riding high. Before... More >>

  • SWUNG ON AND MISSED

    published April 3, 1991

    If three strikes are out, Arizona has finally touched the bottom of the barrel. First, there was Evan Mecham, whose... More >>

  • MAN O' WAR

    published April 3, 1991

    For months we've been bombarded by puff pieces about General H. Norman Schwarzkopf. Schwarzkopf, the general with the 170 IQ, has been... More >>

  • SCOUNDREL TIME

    published March 20, 1991

    The terrible truth is that there can be no statute of limitations on moral crimes. Watch the final scene of the new film Guilty by... More >>

  • THE FACE OF WAR

    published March 6, 1991

    The haunted face of Bob Simon, once a self-assured and cocky CBS correspondent, tells us all we need to know about the senseless cruelty of... More >>

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