Perspectives

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"I'm totally disgusted." Connie Michalik, whose son was shot and paralyzed in the Columbine school massacre, after the local county attorney's office began selling videotapes of the shooting site with a pop-music background

"No way, no way. You're not going to get that." New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, joking to reporters that prostate cancer--while prompting him to reconsider his personal and political priorities--will not make him nicer

"When you think about the zoo, you're not thinking guns and blood." Ninth-grader Steven Ferrell, after hearing an announcement at his school about a shooting at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., that left seven youngsters injured, one seriously

"It was just too cool." Fisherman Donato Dalrymple, who rescued Elian Gonzalez and was photographed holding the boy in a closet when federal agents raided Elian's relatives' Miami home, on hearing Howard Stern mention his name on the radio

"I still bear them ill will, not because of what they did to me, but because of what they did to some of my friends--including killing some of them." Former POW Sen. John McCain, touring the Vietnamese prison known as the Hanoi Hilton on the 25th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War

"Not many people could have survived this. But those who did, it made them stronger people." Jack McCain, the senator's 13-year-old son, who toured the Vietnamese prison with his father

"I might as well be teaching the Peloponnesian Wars. …