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By Larry Eichel and By Larry Eichel,Special to the Sun | May 13, 2001
"Divided We Stand: How Al Gore Beat George Bush and Lost the Presidency," by Roger Simon. Crown, 321 pages, $25. Roger Simon's look back at last year's presidential election doesn't qualify as deep political analysis. Nor does it search for profound truth. Rather, it's a quirky, episodic set of tales from the front, spiced with barbed and sarcastic asides. The most useful way of looking at modern campaigning, writes Simon, is as an attempt to make emotional connections with strangers.
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By Larry Eichel and By Larry Eichel,Special to the Sun | May 13, 2001
"Divided We Stand: How Al Gore Beat George Bush and Lost the Presidency," by Roger Simon. Crown, 321 pages, $25. Roger Simon's look back at last year's presidential election doesn't qualify as deep political analysis. Nor does it search for profound truth. Rather, it's a quirky, episodic set of tales from the front, spiced with barbed and sarcastic asides. The most useful way of looking at modern campaigning, writes Simon, is as an attempt to make emotional connections with strangers.
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March 19, 1993
Roger Simon is ill. His column will resume on his return.
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By David Kusnet and David Kusnet,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 8, 1998
"Show Time: The American Political Circus and the Race for the White House," by Roger Simon. Random House. 327 pages. $25.If you enjoyed the most recent presidential election so much that you can't wait to read a behind-the-scenes account of it, "Show Time" is just the book for you. "Though the 1996 campaign was criticized for being dull," journalist Roger Simon maintains, "it was actually one of the greatest shows on earth."As if to prove that point, he presents a mix of funny stories from the campaign trail and cynically detached observations about how politics has become entertainment - "show business for ugly people," in the words of Clinton strategist James Carville.
NEWS
November 1, 1994
Roger Simon, who has been taking some time off, will resume writing his column tomorrow. An incorrect date for its return was given in a note at the end of yesterday's column.The Sun regrets the errors.
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By David Kusnet and David Kusnet,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 8, 1998
"Show Time: The American Political Circus and the Race for the White House," by Roger Simon. Random House. 327 pages. $25.If you enjoyed the most recent presidential election so much that you can't wait to read a behind-the-scenes account of it, "Show Time" is just the book for you. "Though the 1996 campaign was criticized for being dull," journalist Roger Simon maintains, "it was actually one of the greatest shows on earth."As if to prove that point, he presents a mix of funny stories from the campaign trail and cynically detached observations about how politics has become entertainment - "show business for ugly people," in the words of Clinton strategist James Carville.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | August 11, 1994
Looks like some of us, who listened to Mimi DiPietro make the air blue with words for the last 25 years or so, must have let it slip our collective minds that he said politically incorrect things about Jews and blacks and gays and Poles and women and, oh yeah, Italians.But, thank goodness, Roger Simon's arrived, now that Mimi's dead, to bravely remind us.Simon wrote a column in this newspaper yesterday saying that DiPietro, who died at 89 over the weekend, was being hailed and farewelled "to the exclusion of all other information [and]
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By ROGER SIMON | July 27, 1992
Letters, calls and the roar of the crowd:Martin W. Mayer, Arnold: Oh, how proud you must have been, Simon, as you refused to stand up for The playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.I have a mental picture of the Simon of 1969 as he sat there smugly, defiantly -- hair, like a girl's, down to his shoulders, the scraggly beginnings of a beard and mustache trying desperately to cover adolescent pimples.[Your Fourth of July column] was "award-winning?" C'mon, Simon, you should be writing jokes for Jay Leno.
NEWS
March 9, 1992
Hickey SchoolEditor: Every three months we are reminded of failures by Rebound Inc. to maintain the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School for juvenile delinquents. Now a legislative audit reveals that vocational programs have not been started six months after Rebound's contract began.The excuse? The programs take six months and most inmates only stay about four months. If that isn't a Catch 22, I've never heard one.Did anyone ever consider implementing a three-month training program? (Maybe they could increase the length of incarceration.
NEWS
May 27, 1993
Success in SchoolHaving the ability to get into all sorts of trouble without looking for it, I should be wise enough not to seek more controversy. However, the May 2 opinion piece by Peter Jay -- "What Do 'Honors' Mean When Everyone Gets Them?" -- rankled me.While I am not certain of Mr. Jay's thesis, my best guess is that he believes that education is some type of sport in which only certain people succeed. (I certainly hope that is not his view of medicine, because when I am sitting in the doctor's waiting room, it is my fervent prayer that he intends to cure everyone.
NEWS
December 4, 1994
Prayer PowerWhen I was in school, we had chapel first thing every morning. We were black, white, yellow -- Polish, Irish, Catholic and Protestant. We were all American-Americans.We learned Catholics put ashes on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday in repentance, and we shared matzot with the Jewish kids. We honored Christmas and Hanukkah.The principal made a few announcements, read from Scripture. We said a prayer and listened with courtesy and decorum. We sang a song or two and left the auditorium feeling restored and hopeful.
NEWS
November 1, 1994
Roger Simon, who has been taking some time off, will resume writing his column tomorrow. An incorrect date for its return was given in a note at the end of yesterday's column.The Sun regrets the errors.
NEWS
By MICHAEL OLESKER | August 11, 1994
Looks like some of us, who listened to Mimi DiPietro make the air blue with words for the last 25 years or so, must have let it slip our collective minds that he said politically incorrect things about Jews and blacks and gays and Poles and women and, oh yeah, Italians.But, thank goodness, Roger Simon's arrived, now that Mimi's dead, to bravely remind us.Simon wrote a column in this newspaper yesterday saying that DiPietro, who died at 89 over the weekend, was being hailed and farewelled "to the exclusion of all other information [and]
NEWS
May 27, 1993
Success in SchoolHaving the ability to get into all sorts of trouble without looking for it, I should be wise enough not to seek more controversy. However, the May 2 opinion piece by Peter Jay -- "What Do 'Honors' Mean When Everyone Gets Them?" -- rankled me.While I am not certain of Mr. Jay's thesis, my best guess is that he believes that education is some type of sport in which only certain people succeed. (I certainly hope that is not his view of medicine, because when I am sitting in the doctor's waiting room, it is my fervent prayer that he intends to cure everyone.
NEWS
March 19, 1993
Roger Simon is ill. His column will resume on his return.
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | July 27, 1992
Letters, calls and the roar of the crowd:Martin W. Mayer, Arnold: Oh, how proud you must have been, Simon, as you refused to stand up for The playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.I have a mental picture of the Simon of 1969 as he sat there smugly, defiantly -- hair, like a girl's, down to his shoulders, the scraggly beginnings of a beard and mustache trying desperately to cover adolescent pimples.[Your Fourth of July column] was "award-winning?" C'mon, Simon, you should be writing jokes for Jay Leno.
NEWS
December 4, 1994
Prayer PowerWhen I was in school, we had chapel first thing every morning. We were black, white, yellow -- Polish, Irish, Catholic and Protestant. We were all American-Americans.We learned Catholics put ashes on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday in repentance, and we shared matzot with the Jewish kids. We honored Christmas and Hanukkah.The principal made a few announcements, read from Scripture. We said a prayer and listened with courtesy and decorum. We sang a song or two and left the auditorium feeling restored and hopeful.
NEWS
March 9, 1992
Hickey SchoolEditor: Every three months we are reminded of failures by Rebound Inc. to maintain the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School for juvenile delinquents. Now a legislative audit reveals that vocational programs have not been started six months after Rebound's contract began.The excuse? The programs take six months and most inmates only stay about four months. If that isn't a Catch 22, I've never heard one.Did anyone ever consider implementing a three-month training program? (Maybe they could increase the length of incarceration.
NEWS
August 1, 1991
Trial Out of CourtEditor: The witch hunt tactics of Florida Assistant State's Attorney Moira Lasch are shocking.Allowing testimony of women, one of whom was drunk at the time of the incident, to become public record before the trial of William Kennedy Smith is simply unethical.How can the man get a fair trial when the prosecutor behaves in a way suitable to some totalitarian state?Roger Simon (column, July 26) is right to feel sorry for this Kennedy. Whatever the outcome of his trial, he has been victimized by the legal system, the media and his family name.
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