Most Notable Quotations of 2008

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 11 05:41:13 UTC 2008

Needless to say! The "Eastside" police seemed not to be able to find
any of the black after-hours joints - Missouri rolled up its sidewalks
at 1:30a.m., hence the local saying, "Into the flivver and across the
river!" - that openly operated there, neon signs, ads in Saint Louis's
black newspapers, and all, even back in the day when East Saint Louis,
today 99.44% black, was white enough to maintain a public-school
system as segregated as any in Missouri, despite Illinois state law,
paying lip-service to said law by siphoning the top athletes and the
top scholars from the black schools to East Saint Louis High and
leaving the dregs to attend Lincoln High.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 11:00 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
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> At 12/10/2008 10:30 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>>I agree with Gerald. I knew that Illinois had a governor, but I didn't
>>know his name. Professional newsreaders don't even know how to
>>pronounce his name, apparently. They've been calling him "blah
>>GOYyevich." The FBI calls him "blag@ YAYvich." Even when I lived in
>>Saint Louis and partied in East Saint Louis,
> Illinois was presumably corrupt then also?
>>I never knew the name of
>>any governor of Illinois other than Adlai Stevenson. OTOH, I've always
>>known who the ruling lord mayor of Chicago and baron of Cook County
> But his name was easier to pronounce, and remained the same for long stretches.
> Joel
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