Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Resolutions Are out, but '87 Hopes Abound

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Resolutions Are out, but '87 Hopes Abound

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THE new year presents many challenges, hopes and unknowns, some of which it may be just as well not to know about.

For my generation, many of us have met the first challenge. We stayed up until midnight, no small accomplishment. That out of the way, we can now look at 1987 without going through the ritual of making resolutions.

I gave that up years ago. As I have mentioned in previous occasions, growing older has little to recommend it, but it does have a few benefits.

One is that you finally catch on that if something doesn't work out no matter how often you try it, you may as well forget it. That's why I gave up making New Year's resolutions.

I usually kept them for an hour or so to as long as two weeks, depending on the resolution. I finally realized that I was not alone in this failing, convincing me that resolutions made on Jan. 1 are among the goofier ideas crafted by man.

Even though I don't make resolutions, I do have hopes for 1987 and thought I would share a few with you. Some may coincide with some of yours, and some may just make you shake your head and say, "Hasn't that guy got any better way to spend his hopes?"

I'm not going to get into any of the deeper, more sobering hopes I think most rational people have - such things as lasting peace, racial harmony, good health and an end to poverty, among others. So just let me get into a few more personal, perhaps frivolous ones that can be tacked on to the list above.

I hope the baseball Cardinals can bring home another division title, pennant and World Series championship while I'm still around, and 1987 is as good a year as any. I was here for the first one in 1926, so this would be a nice icing on the cake.

I hope, too, that the Mets win only 12 games, but I realize this is pushing reality a bit far.

I hope, in 1987, that the football Cardinals become respectable and their owner says, "We're going to be here for a long time, so let's put the annual 'We may leave' nonsense to rest and get on with winning some games. …

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