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    A Highly Irregular Story

    I blame Ronald Reagan for many things, but most of all I blame him for his polyp. I remember his polyp almost as clearly as I remember his face. And during the polyp's heyday, I saw nearly as many likenesses of it: It stared out at me,...

    by Deborah Laake on March 8, 1989
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    Tower Tale

    I have never seen John Tower drunk. Am I the only American who can say that? Hell, even Earl de Berge saw Tower bombed on three occasions. De Berge wrote to Arizona's senior U.S. senator and premier real estate speculator, D...

    by Michael Lacey on March 8, 1989
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    If You Asked, I Would Have Told You

    If you asked I would have told you: The University of Arizona may rank No. 1, but I don't see them making the Final Four. Putting Kemper Marley on the cover ensures Phoenix Metro magazine's place as Arizona's most contemptible publication. ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 8, 1989
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    Springtime for Hitters - If you're a Steve Garvey fan, stop reading now

    When you get right down to it, there are just two kinds of people in this world: There are people who like Steve Garvey, and there are people who don't. Every single person, be they young or old, thin or fat, Pentecostal televangelist or Sat...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    The Unwanted Ones - Arizona's Medical Insurance Industry has virtually abandoned children with Down's Syndrome--no matter how healthy they happen to be

    Twenty years ago, the parents of a child like Jenna barely flinched when they encountered discrimination. From the moment a sympathetic obstetrician offered to whisk their little tragedy off to an institution, the family of a child born with ...

    by Kathleen Stanton on March 1, 1989
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    Scottsdale Stadium

    Home base for the San Francisco Giants, this charming park is a big favorite with fans of the truly hep persuasion. Many absolutists hold that Scottsdale is the absolute best place to catch a game, because of primo sightlines throughout and the cozy ...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Diablo Stadium

    This is where the Seattle Mariners "play" their spring games, where every new line-up card brims with the promise of the franchise's first halfway successful season, and where I sold beer for a living exactly five years ago right this minute. ...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Whitey Lockman

    Current job: Player-personnel senior adviser, Montreal Expos. Cool because: Hit .279 over fifteen years as a big-leaguer. Former Cubs manager. Scottsdale resident. First spring training: "I came here as a player in 1947 with the New York G...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Jerome Holtzman

    Current job: Sports columnist, Chicago Tribune. Cool because: Has covered the Cubs in spring training since 1959. Biggest change in spring training since then: "Well, I've just gotten older, that's all." Other changes: "There...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Angel Stadium

    The Angels have their cleats in two worlds. For the first two weeks of spring training, the club practices and plays exclusively in the Valley, based at the Gene Autry complex on East McKellips. For the second half of March, the squad spends its time...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Jim Bouton

    Current jobs: Motivational speaker (thirty to forty appearances a year) and inventor (Big League Chew, bubble gum made to look like chewing tobacco, and Big League Cards, personalized baseball cards for regular people). "My latest invention is cal...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Desert Sun Stadium

    ?By whatever weird twist of logic, the San Diego Padres do their spring training in Yuma. This is a city of military people and retired people, two groups I don't fit in with too well. Otherwise, Yuma is a good place to get gasoline on your way back ...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Harry Caray

    Current jobs: Cubs broadcaster on WGN TV and radio. Budweiser salesman extraordinaire. Cool because: Cub fan, Bud man. Third, fourth, fifth and sixth favorite local restaurants: "I go upstairs to Gregory's, I go to Don & Charlie's, I go ...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Phoenix Municipal Stadium

    In spring, Muni is home field for the Oakland Athletics, an American League team that I may never forgive for losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in last year's World Series. Still, the A's probably will be the best team to watch, baseball-wise...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Bob Hemmerle

    Current job: Executive recruiter for Mattel and Hasbro toy companies. Cool because: While working as an usher at Phoenix Municipal Stadium ("I quit my job to go to spring training one year, and I was living with a girl and she said if I didn't g...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 1, 1989
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    Same Verse, Different Chapter - And there's still plenty of time on the meter for Poet's Corner

    It's a freezing winter evening, cold enough so that the streets of this Old Town Tempe neighborhood are devoid of activity. Even the usually omnipresent cats and dogs have either begged entry into living rooms or become icebound in their water dis...

    by Matt Cartsonis on March 1, 1989
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    Tower of Babble - What's all the hubbub about downtown's new hub?

    Whatever else you might say about Patriots Square, you can credit it with the overdue arrival of architecture criticism in Phoenix. The monsoons of invective that have buffeted the park and its architect, Ted Alexander, haven't all sprung fro...

    by Lawrence W. Cheek on March 1, 1989
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    Don't Worry, Be Unhappy

    If the widow of cartoonist Al Capp married actor Al Pacino, she'd be Mrs. Al Capp Pacino. Yes, everyone, it's an Italian coffee joke. I know you people just love 'em. Speaking of coffee, it just so happens I'm not drinking any. I'm ner...

    by Barry Friedman on March 1, 1989
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    The Nadir of Consumer Protection

    Rebuffed in previous attempts at closing down adult bookstores and movie theatres, Representative Leslie Whiting Johnson has reversed field and now says she wants to protect their customers. So the Mesa Republican is sponsoring legislation that wo...

    by Howard Fischer on March 1, 1989
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    Bribe and Groom

    Two long-time friends recently decided to get married after seventeen years of dating. How this could happen in 1989 America is beyond me. But it did. The wedding was to be a major northern California to-do, attended by some two hundre...

    by Michael Burkett on March 1, 1989
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