A year of gorillas in our midst

September 17, 1996|By MIKE BOWLER

"WE ARE BULKING up to become an 800-pound gorilla.'' Candidate Patrick L. McDonough, quoted by William F. Zorzi Jr., Oct. 3, 1995.

''. . . the 800-pound gorilla of the fast-food world -- McDonald's.'' News item, Oct. 9, 1995.

''. . . the predictable backlash that any 800-pound gorilla can expect to draw,'' referring to computer magnate Bill Gates. Jean Marbella, Nov. 30, 1995.

''The major meat packers -- those 800-pound gorillas.'' Peter A. Jay column, Dec. 3, 1995.

''. . . the 800-pound gorilla known as the middle class.'' Jane Bryant Quinn, Dec. 10, 1995.

''Hopkins is the 500-pound gorilla.'' Martin Scholz, director of rTC institutional advancement, the College of Notre Dame, quoted in a news story, Dec. 25, 1995.

House Republican freshmen ''have become the 800-pound gorilla of Washington politics.'' Karen Hosler, Jan. 26, 1996.

''. . . that 500-pound gorilla, Johns Hopkins University.'' Mike Bowler, May 22, 1996.

''Giant Food Inc., living up to its name, remains the area's 800-pound gorilla.'' Alec Matthew Klein, June 12, 1996.

''We have a 600-pound gorilla on our doorstep.'' Jerome Bird of Canton, referring to the Bay Cafe, July 12, 1996.

''It's Perot's ballgame. You're in the jungle of the 400-pound gorilla.'' Ralph Copeland of the Virginia Reform Party, referring to Ross Perot, July 12, 1996.

A tax-fattened simian

''Medicaid: the 800-pound gorilla that's taking all our tax dollars.'' News item, July 14, 1996.

''It's so difficult to beat a party's 800-pound gorilla.'' Barry Rascovar, predicting that Parris Glendening and Ellen Sauerbrey will be their parties' candidates for governor again in 1998, Sept. 1, 1996.

''The old 8,000-pound gorilla that lumbers around every five years -- it's called [school] lunch.'' Karol V. Menzie, Sept. 4, 1996.

Hopkins, ''the 800-pound gorilla on the local college scene.'' Debbie M. Price, Sept. 8, 1996.

''The economy is the 800-pound gorilla.'' Jay Hancock, Sept. 9, 1996.

Mike Bowler, who compiled this list, has not spared himself.

Pub Date: 9/17/96

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