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The Lighter Side (Sept 2016)

September 29, 2016

Famous Quotes about Politicians

  1. The word 'politics' is derived from the word 'poly', meaning 'many', and the word 'ticks', meaning 'blood sucking parasites.' - Larry Hardiman
  2. If 'pro' is the opposite of 'con' what is the opposite of 'progress'? - Paul Harvey
  3. How come we choose from just two people to run for president and fifty for Miss America? - Anonymous
  4. When the political columnists say 'Every thinking man' they mean themselves, and when candidates appeal to 'Every intelligent voter' they mean everybody who is going to vote for them - Franklin P. Adams
  5. Political designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind - George Orwell
  6. Tell the truth and you won't have so much to remember - Abraham Lincoln
  7. Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves - Ronald Reagan
  8. Mankind will never see an end of trouble until lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power become lovers of wisdom - Plato
  9. The problem with political jokes is they get elected - Henry Cate VII
  10. Under every stone lurks a politician - Aristophanes


Arnold Palmer was one of the most charismatic and popular golfers to grace the game. His impact in the early days of golf on television dramatically raised the profile of the sport, and with it, the money and opportunities available to pro golfers.  Palmer was the son of a greens keeper, and his father started him early in the game. As a teen, Palmer won five West Penn Amateur Championships. He played collegiately at Wake Forest, but gave up the game for several years when he joined the Coast Guard.

He returned to golf in the early 1950s, and eventually won the 1954 U.S. Amateur. He turned pro five months later.  Palmer led the PGA Tour in wins with four in 1957, and then exploded in 1958 with his first major, the Master’s Tournament. Palmer's swash-buckling, go-for-broke style, combined with an aggressive, unorthodox swing and charisma, immediately made him a star.

He didn't disappoint, dominating the PGA Tour into the early 1960s. In 1960, he won eight times including the Masters and U.S. Open. At the Open, he made up seven strokes in the final round to win. In 1962, he had another eight wins, including the Masters and British Open.

Speaking of the British Open, Palmer decided to play it in 1960, a time when very few American golfers made the trip across the Atlantic. His participation that year yielded huge crowds and renewed interest in the oldest tournament. Palmer finished second to Kel Nagle, but he helped revitalize that Open Championship's cachet.  That was the year; too, that Palmer created the modern notion of the Grand Slam as consisting of the four professional majors: The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship. Palmer had already won the first two when he headed to Great Britain, and wrote a magazine article calling his quest to win all four an updated version of Bobby Jones' 1930 Grand Slam (which included two amateur championships). From 1957 to 1963, Palmer led the Tour in wins five times and money four times. He won four scoring titles, the last in 1967. Palmer won seven majors, all of them from 1958 to 1964, and was the first 4-time winner of the Masters.

His last big year on the PGA Tour was 1971, when he won four times. The last of his 62 PGA Tour wins came in 1973, but his popularity never waned. It surged again in 1980 when Palmer joined the Champions Tour, and once again helped popularize a golf tour. One can argue that the Champions Tour would not have enjoyed its early success - might have even have grown into a full-fledged tour - had its birth not coincided with Palmer hitting his 50s, and thus being able to play senior events.

Off the course, Palmer built a business empire that included golf academies, tournament and course management companies, equipment companies, clothing lines and more. He co-founded The Golf Channel. Palmer's endorsement deals alone kept him one of sport's annual richest athletes into his 80s.

Palmer first visited Bay Hill Club and Lodge near Orlando, FL, in 1965, made his winter home there, and became owner of the club in 1975. In 1979, Palmer began hosting a PGA Tour event there, and today that tournament is known as the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

He remained a prominent figure and one of the most popular figures in golf until his death at age 87 on September 25, 2016 from complications due to heart disease. In his post-playing days, Palmer captained the Presidents Cup, ran his own PGA Tour event, was in demand as a product endorser, launched a wine label and lent his name to the Arizona Iced Tea beverage brand for Palmer-branded teas; he gave frequent interviews, played in the Masters Par-3 Contest and hit the opening drive at The Masters; and, in general, was as well-known to young golfers who never saw him play as to those who remembered his glory years.

Arnold Palmer's PGA Tour Wins (62)

1955 (1)
1. Canadian Open

1956 (2)
2. Insurance City Open
3. Eastern Open

1957 (4)
4. Houston Open
5. Azalea Open Invitational
6. Rubber City Open Invitational
7. San Diego Open Invitational

1958 (3)
8. St. Petersburg Open Invitational
9. Masters Tournament (major)
10. Pepsi Championship

1959 (3)
11. Thunderbird Invitational
12.Oklahoma City Open Invitational
13. West Palm Beach Open Invitational

1960 (8)
14. Palm Springs Desert Golf Classic
15. Texas Open Invitational
16. Baton Rouge Open Invitational
17. Pensacola Open Invitational
18. Masters Tournament (major)
19. U.S. Open (major)
20. Insurance City Open Invitational
21. Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational

1961 (6)
22. San Diego Open Invitational
23. Phoenix Open Invitational
24. Baton Rouge Open Invitational
25. Texas Open Invitational
26. Western Open
27. British Open (major)

1962 (8)
28. Palm Springs Golf Classic
29. Phoenix Open Invitational
30. Masters Tournament (major)
31. Texas Open Invitational
32. Tournament of Champions
33. Colonial National Invitation
34. British Open (major)
35. American Golf Classic

1963 (7)
36. Los Angeles Open
37. Phoenix Open Invitational
38. Pensacola Open Invitational
39. Thunderbird Classic Invitational
40. Cleveland Open Invitational
41. Western Open
42. Whitemarsh Open Invitational

1964 (2)
43. Masters Tournament (major)
44. Oklahoma City Open Invitational

1965 (1)
45. Tournament of Champions

1966 (3)
46. Los Angeles Open
47. Tournament of Champions
48. Houston Champions International

1967 (4)
49. Los Angeles Open
50. Tucson Open Invitational
51. American Golf Classic
52. Thunderbird Classic

1968 (2)
53. Bob Hope Desert Classic
54. Kemper Open

1969 (2)
55. Heritage Golf Classic
56. Danny Thomas-Diplomat Classic

1970 (1)
57. National Four-Ball Championship (with Jack Nicklaus)

1971 (4)
58. Bob Hope Desert Classic
59. Florida Citrus Invitational
60. Westchester Classic
61. National Team Championship (with Jack Nicklaus)

1973 (1)
62. Bob Hope Desert Classic

Note that after Palmer's first victory in 1955, he won at least once every year through 1971. That's 17 consecutive PGA Tour seasons with a victory, and that’s an all-time record that Palmer shares with Jack Nicklaus.

In addition to his PGA Tour victories, Palmer won additional tournaments around the world, either on other tours or in unofficial money events. The most prominent of those are his six wins in the event most known as the World Cup of Golf. A 2-man team tournament, Palmer won it with Snead in 1960 and 1962; and with Nicklaus in 1963, 1964, 1966 and 1967 (the first five times it was still called the Canada Cup). Palmer also won several times in Europe. His only two official European Tour wins were both in 1975, at the Spanish Open and Penfield PGA Championship. Palmer also won the Australian Open in 1966 and the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship in 1964 and 1967.

Champions Tour Wins (10)

1980 (1)
1. PGA Seniors Championship (major)

1981 (1)
2. U.S. Senior Open (major)

1982 (2)
3. Marlboro Classic
4. Denver Post Champions of Golf

1983 (1)
5. Boca Grove Seniors Classic

1984 (3)
6. General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship (major)
7. Senior Tournament Players Championship (major)
8. Quadel Seniors Classic

1985 (1)
9. Senior Tournament Players Championship (major)

1986 (1)
10. Crestar Classic

Awards and Honors

• Member, World Golf Hall of Fame - 1974
• PGA Tour money leader, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1963
• PGA Vardon Trophy (low scoring average) winner, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967
• PGA Tour Player of the Year, 1960, 1962
• Member, U.S. Ryder Cup team, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1973
• Captain, U.S. Ryder Cup team, 1963, 1975
• Captain, U.S. Presidents Cup team, 1996


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