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Quotes and allusions


A heavy smoker, perhaps:

"Forty-two-year-old Cal Amadee of Bare Ridge was found unresponsive this morning in his cell. He was being held in a single medical cell due to flue like symptoms."

"Little Rock officers escort Al Kyda to the downtown police station Thursday after he was arrested after a manhunt in west Little Rock. According to police, officers had fired on Kyda, who was suspected in a burglary, but he alluded them until he was found under a deck in the Woodlands Edge neighborhood in west Little Rock a few hours after shots were fired."

Instead of all that alluding, he should have been trying to get away.

Like encyclopedias and telephone directories, Bartlett's "Familiar Quotations" is nearing extinction, apparently. When I looked for a Bartlett's in the office the other day, not only could I not find one, I had trouble finding somebody who knew what it was. Nobody's writing odes to Bartlett's these days, as Winston Churchill did in a 1930 memoir ("Roving Commission: My Early Life"):

"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more."

Churchill's greatest days were still ahead of him 1930. He wound up one of the most-quoted authors in Bartlett's, and the editors always made sure the one about Bartlett's itself was in there. Quotations about Churchill are there too. John Kennedy said of him, "He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle." I guess Wikipedia has a Churchill entry, but I'm not sure you can do him justice that way.

"Elvis Dumerville has spurred the Denver Broncos for Baltimore, agreeing to a five-year deal, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome announced Sunday. ... Dumerville had 63 ½ sacks in seven seasons in Denver." A (Dallas?) cowboy might use spurs on a bronco, but I believe the writer here intended to say that Dumerville had spurned the Broncos to go to the Ravens. Quoth the Ravens, "Evermore."

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