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    Blabber Mouths and Radio Egos

    I used to relax by listening to the radio talk shows. That was before they started taking themselves seriously. I'm still an avid listener. But I'm no longer able to relax while doing so. There was a time when stately, plump Pat...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 15, 1989
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    Umpires: The Old Men of Spring

    It's more than an hour before the Cubs' exhibition game gets underway. The seats behind home plate are already filled. Al Barlik, with the short haircut and the severe expression of a retired police captain, sits straight-shouldered in the nin...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 15, 1989
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    Keeping up with our Fearless Leader

    Some believe Mayor Terry Goddard lost his backbone during his education at Harvard. Others believe a spinalectomy was performed on Goddard during the many years the silver-spooned bicyclist spent unemployed. Yet a third camp claims the proble...

    by Michael Lacey on March 15, 1989
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    Cap'n Dave's Kitchen

    It recently has come to my attention that you people are not sending me any pictures of yourselves in swimming suits. Two weeks ago I announced my desire to have a swimsuit column of my own, featuring pictures of real people (like you) and not s...

    by Cap'n Dave on March 15, 1989
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    American Gotham - New York Stories, a three-part anthology of unrelated minifilms directed by Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, and Francis Coppola

    It's not often you can pinpoint exactly where a generally terrific movie goes dead wrong--but that's no hard chore while watching New York Stories, a three-part anthology of unrelated minifilms directed by Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, and Francis Co...

    by Michael Burkett on March 15, 1989
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    Heathen Can Wait - Farewell to the King

    Writer-director John Milius seems to have a lot of important thoughts he'd like to impart with his new action-adventure film, Farewell to the King--but the only message you're likely to get is, You Can't Avoid History. That observation floats ...

    by Michael Burkett on March 15, 1989
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    Spring Fever - Will the Cactus League Really Sell Out Arizona for Florida Swampland? PART 2

    WHETHER INDIVIDUAL ARIZONA cities can compete against Dixie municipalities backed by state money promises to be a pivotal question in the spring training wars. Should Arizona fork over state money to pay for new practice fields, clubhouses or stadium...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on March 8, 1989
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    Ticker Toy for Fans

    For all the Normal Guys of the world who are forced by the circumstance of their employment to have a paging device clipped to their belt--and who hate every minute of being eternally tethered to responsibility--there now comes a unit that mi...

    by Dave Walker on March 8, 1989
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    Platt's Last Stand - One Stubborn White Man's Brawl with the Zunis

    Earl Platt leans his old body on his battered pickup and points to the mountains beyond his sprawling ranch in eastern Arizona. It's way out there, he says, where the Zunis say they have to pray. "Those Indians say it's important that ...

    by Paul Rubin on March 8, 1989
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    Feeding at the ValTrans Trough

    Investment bankers who specialize in handling government bond debt stand to make huge fees if the $8.5 billion ValTrans project is approved by voters later this month. So it's no surprise that a gaggle of investment houses are pouring money into t...

    on March 8, 1989
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    Spring Fever - Will the cactus league really sell out of Arizona for Florida swamp land?

    In 1923, circus czar and Florida land owner Charles Ringling decided a major league baseball team should do its spring training in Sarasota. With the help of Al Lang, the entrepreneurial mayor of St. Petersburg, he lured the New York Giants to the...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on March 8, 1989
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    Flash! It's War in Mesa!

    The Republic and Gazette's latest attempt to check the Mesa Tribune's growing influence in the sprawling East Valley hit the front lawns of subscribers February 27. But talk of a suburban newspaper war between the Trib and the monolithic downtown ...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on March 8, 1989
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    In Sun City, It's Age Before Duty

    The residents of Sun City and Sun City West just want some equity. But not too much. To hear state Representative Nancy Wessel tell it, the huge retirement communities are being treated unfairly because state lawmakers last year began ...

    by Howard Fischer on March 8, 1989
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    Spring Fever - Will the Cactus League Really Sell Out Arizona for Florida Swampland?

    In 1923, circus czar and Florida land owner Charles Ringling decided a major league baseball team should do its spring training in Sarasota. With the help of Al Lang, the entrepreneurial mayor of St. Petersburg, he lured the New York Giants to the...

    by Andy Van De Voorde on March 8, 1989
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    Ted Williams Warms Up for the Yankees

    Wherever you go during spring training they talk about the great Ted Williams. In my dream, I was still in high school. Our football practice field was at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx. It was across the street from Yankee Stadium. ...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 8, 1989
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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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    The Incomparable Jimmy Piersall

    The young television producer was hesitant. He stood on the top step of the dugout. He looked down to where Jimmy Piersall was sitting. "Jimmy, could you spare a couple of minutes?" the producer asked. "We'd like to get your thoughts on the...

    by Tom Fitzpatrick on March 8, 1989
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    Vow Wows

    I started out as a model parent. And I'd still be a model parent if my wife had had a hysterical pregnancy instead of a kid. Before my son was born, the rules by which he'd live his life were all charted out. I'd witnessed the mistakes...

    by Michael Burkett 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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