Best Quotes of 2011

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 11:19 am  

"It was something I loved from the first time I did it." 
- Lu Hardin, the former University of Central Arkansas president, describing his addiction to slot machines, which led him into debt and ultimately to crime, although not to prison

"Lu Hardin has already suffered substantially as a result of his offense. Hardin and his family have suffered severe public criticism through newspaper, radio and television coverage. Although the media had every right to report abuse of public trust and certainly anything relating to misconduct by public officials, this reporting has had a devastating effect on Hardin and his family." 
- Defense attorney Chuck Banks, in a memorandum in which he successfully pleaded with U.S. District Judge James Moody not to send his client to prison

"I do say to Lu Hardin this: You can begin again." 
- Steve Clark, president and CEO of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, who was convicted of fraud for using a state credit card for personal gain when he was Arkansas Attorney General

"Many of these people I've taken care of are my friends. I couldn't just say goodbye to them all without trying to explain why I could no longer be their doctor." 
- Dr. Bruce Murphy on arranging town meetings to tell patients why he had to give up his medical license to become CEO and administrator of Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock

"It's so easy to see how he's been so successful at getting people to give him money. He has a great personality and is larger than life when it comes to oratory skills." 
- Phillip Tappan of Little Rock, financial victim and former college buddy of convicted oil-and-gas scammer Jeff Rand

"Tell me what I need to know and don't lie to me." 
- Heath Abshure, Arkansas Securities Commissioner on the two fundamental investor rights his office protects

"We knew that it was going to be very, very difficult for us to make it another generation. There were getting to be too many cousins." 
- R.E.L. "Bobby" Wilson V of Memphis on the sale of Lee Wilson & Co., the Mississippi County agri empire founded by his namesake great-grandfather in 1886

"That's where I'm at. I'm not going to change my mind. He's already bilked too many good men. I am not going to back down." 
- Ron Crawford, president of Maumelle's Southland Metals on his pursuit of legal punishment for Heber Springs businessman Joe Blankenship

"It's impossible for me to trust city leaders who tell me they need $31 million a year in order to pay an $8 million bill. I can do math." 
- Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, explaining part of his opposition to the sales tax increase that Little Rock voters approved in September  

"I lost my job. Well, really, I lost 30 years of my life, because that's how long it took me to get where I was." 
- Joyce Judy, former president of Arkansas Employees Federal Credit Union, in a statement to U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes, who sentenced her to 26 months in federal prison for stealing $500,000 from a credit union customer in order to invest in what turned out to be an international scam

"I don't think it had anything to do with protecting rights of authors or creators of anything. Stupid plus greed equals Righthaven." 
- Marc Randazza, a Las Vegas attorney who defended against copyright enforcement company Righthaven LLC of Las Vegas, in which Little Rock-owned Stephens Media had invested

"Two hours and $96.06 later, I wish you and yours a wonderful afternoon but not before telling you that the woman in front of me is buying three bottles of Dr. Tichenor's and I swear I ain't made none of this up." 
- Jack Shock, chairman of the Communications Department at Harding University, concluding a play-by-play account of his experience buying a battery at the auto service center at the Wal-Mart in Searcy that he posted on his Facebook page

"Success is failure turned inside out - The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, 
And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far, 
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit - It's when things seem worst that you must not quit."
- Will Overton, reading from an unattributed poem at the funeral of his father, convicted former stockbroker Warren Overton of Little Rock



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