Column

When words of wisdom litter the landscape in 1997

Allan Fotheringham December 29 1997
Column

When words of wisdom litter the landscape in 1997

Allan Fotheringham December 29 1997

When words of wisdom litter the landscape in 1997

Allan Fotheringham

It has been a vintage year. Those who would lead us, and uplift us, and inspire us, have been remarkable in their insights, advice, philosophies and guidance. Read on, and be humble. “My husband does not have to resign. He feels he can still do some good. He knows what is going on in Ottawa and he keeps in touch with his office.” —Amy Thompson, wife of Senator Andy Thompson, who has shown up in the Senate on 12 days since 1990, speaking from La Paz, Mexico “I sometimes sense that the world is changing almost too fast, at least for us older ones.”

—The Queen, at 71 “I came to carry out the struggle, not to kill people. Even now, and you can look at me: am I a savage person?

My conscience is clear.

—Former Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, responsible for killing at least one million Cambodians “People have asked if we ever consummated our marriage. We were too damn mad to.”

—Newlywed Jeanette Little, who stayed at the Westin Hotel in London, Ont., the same night as Premier Mike Harris and his caucus, but the couple were kicked out of their nuptial bed at 3 a.m. for security reasons “I concluded that I am not a Quebecer in Paris. My ancestor, Antoine Roy-Desjardins, arrived in Quebec in 1665. Among his descendants there are bishops, judges, doctors, politicians and the founder of the caisse populaire Desjardins. I myself, Jacques Roy, native of the Gaspé, went to the same seminary in Gaspé as René Lévesque, went to the same law faculty as Lucien Bouchard and I went to the same London School of Economics as Jacques Parizeau. Even then, I am not a Quebecer. I must say that deeply shocked me. I felt deeply wounded.”

—Canada’s Ambassador to France Jacques Roy, speaking after Quebec Premier Lucien Bouchard’s visit to France when he was not invited to a reception for Quebecers in Paris “He is very ill.” —Amy Thompson, telling a Toronto Sun reporter on thë phone that her husband was under heavy medication and in bed because of skin

cancer at the very same time that a Sun photographer was taking a picture of him, in shorts and T-shirt, without hat, walking his dog in the brilliant Mexican sunshine outside his $250,000 white mansion “Let me tell you about our profession. We are the meanest, nastiest bunch of jealous, petty people who have ever lived. You think I wouldn’t sell my mother for My Lai?”

—Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, author of a new book on John Kennedy’s sex scandals and the man who made his reputation by revealing the massacre of Vietnamese civilians by U.S. troops ‘You’re No. 64. Welcome to the fraternity.”

—Former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger to current Secretary Madeleine Albright “Henry, it’s no longer a fraternity.” —Albright

“We have been under a lot of pressure. We have been harassed. We feel our privacy has been invaded.”

—Amy Thompson in La Paz “I’ll always have myself.”

—Newly single Donald Trump, on whether he’ll be lonely when he moves, alone, into the new luxury condominium he has just built in New York “I categorically deny these charges.” —Millionaire sportscaster Marv Albert, on allegations that he bit a woman and forced her into sex acts in a Virginia hotel room, while demanding threesomes

“Let’s put it this way, in delicate terms for our female viewers, as to the charges against Marv. In football terms: unnecessary roughness, piling on, and too many men on the field.”

—Jay Leno 1 “I don’t think she ever understood Î why her genuinely good intentions t were sneered at by the media, why I there appeared to be a permanent quest on their behalf to bring her

down. It is baffling. My own, and only, explanation is that genuine goodness is threatening to those at the opposite end of the moral spectrum.”

—Earl Spencer’s eloquent eulogy to his sister at Westminster Abbey “The Lord of the Flings!”

—London tabloid headline on the South African divorce of Earl Spencer, wherein his wife and one of his mistresses joined hands to testify that he had six affairs in his first eight months of marriage “Goodbye, England’s rose.”

—Elton John

“I don’t remember anything.”

—Trevor Rees-Jones, the bodyguard hired by Ritz owner Mohammed Al Fayed and the only survivor of the accident in the tunnel of the City of Love wherein the driver was three times over the legal alcohol level “I think it tedious to constantly hear that we cannot do this or that because we are not elected. I think we should be proud of ourselves. I say, ‘Hooray for us.’ ”

—Senator Anne Cools