Arkansas Business: Best Quotes of 2012

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 12:00 am  

From John L. Smith’s pep talk to reporters to U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson’s withering remarks to out-of-line prosecutors, they said it all in 2012.

“Smile! Smile! … If not, I’m not talking.”

— Interim Razorbacks football coach John L. Smith in a pre-press conference outburst on the Monday prior to the Rutgers game in September, a bizarre performance that made more sense after the news that his younger brother died that day

“Hugh and Gus probably ought to pay a 10 percent finder’s fee to Ryan Aplin.”

— Gov. Mike Beebe, reacting to the loss of head coach Gus Malzahn a year after he was hired to replace Hugh Freeze. Aplin played quarterback for Freeze and Malzahn, and was Sun Belt Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012

“And whoever convinced the newspaper industry to give away all their news — where were the adults in the room?”

— Warren Stephens, CEO of Stephens Inc. and investor in two newspaper chains, Stephens Media and Halifax Media Group

“The thing that kills development is debt.”

— Joe Whisenhunt, CEO of Whisenhunt Investment Group, on the perils of leveraged real estate

“People are pretty stunned, but at the same time, some people aren’t shocked.”

— Allison “Breezy” Osborne-Wingfield on the collapse of her family’s fortune after the death of her philanthropic father, Jennings Osborne

“I guess he didn’t like the questions I was asking.”



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