September 17, 1986 |
Apologies, apologies - that's what Miss Florida, Molly Pesce, was offering yesterday to Miss America pageant officials and the new Miss America, Kellye Cash. "I apologized to them and asked them to apologize to Kellye for me, too," said Pesce, the day after the Orlando Sentinel quoted her as calling Cash the least-liked contestant in the pageant. While complaining that the quote was taken out of context, Pesce didn't exactly deny the newspaper report. "I thought it was strictly for the Orlando area," she said.
October 3, 1999 |
A day before Karen Howard was sentenced to nearly a year in jail for the hit-and-run death of a South Jersey man, she told the court: "There are no words to express the sorrow and remorse that I felt for Robert Hoagland's family.. . . I am so sorry. " For Hoagland's mother, that apology, read aloud by Howard's lawyer during a sentencing hearing Tuesday, was too little too late. "In the beginning, if she had faced up to what she had done and apologized, I would have accepted," Florence Hoagland Becker said.
April 19, 2003 |
The baseball Hall of Fame president issued an apology yesterday, saying he was sorry he failed to call Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon last week before canceling a Bull Durham celebration because of the actors' antiwar stance. In an open letter to the 28,000 people who called or sent letters or e-mails to the Hall, Dale Petroskey blamed himself for bringing politics into the shrine. "I inadvertently did exactly what I was trying to avoid," the former Reagan administration official wrote.
March 14, 1987 |
After several insults and one apologetic non-apology, civic leader Samuel Evans is publicly sorry he compared City Councilwoman Joan Krajewski with the century's worst tyrants because she voted against some money he wanted. In a gesture of magnanimity and legal strategy, Evans signed and yesterday had delivered to Krajewski an extensive retraction of remarks he made on Feb. 19, when Krajewski voted against a $600,000 Council grant to the American Foundation for Negro Affairs, an educational group Evans founded in the 1960s.
January 12, 1988 |
City Councilman James J. Tayoun apologized yesterday to District Attorney Ronald D. Castille and other veterans, saying that his remarks last week about Castille's missing leg were "uncalled for, tasteless and damaging. " "I was wrong, and I am truly sorry for what I said, and I hope that you and all offended veterans will accept my deepest regrets and apology," Tayoun told Castille in a four-paragraph letter that Tayoun read aloud at a morning news conference. Castille said he accepted Tayoun's apology but doubted whether many veterans would ever forgive him for off-the-cuff remarks in which Tayoun attributed Castille's political fortunes to his war injury.
December 13, 1997 |
The convicted killer said he was sorry. But the mother of the slain Marcellas Wright, 19, was in no mood for an apology this week. She stood in the first row of the courtroom and berated Michael Reaves at his sentencing hearing. "You didn't apologize when you squeezed the trigger," snapped the emotional woman. "You didn't have any mercy on my son. " Staring directly at Reaves, she continued, "You were smirking at the trial. You think this was a game? I don't have my son. He's not here anymore.
March 7, 1987 |
Two weeks ago, Councilwoman Joan Krajewski was accused of being a Hitler, a race-baiting, venal, vampire of a politician. But this week civic leader Samuel Evans, who verbally attacked Krajewski during Council debate over a $600,000 city grant, had some kinder comments about her - like "ethical" and "one of the important pillars upon which our Constitution must rest. " But, repeat to yourself: This is not an apology. Rather, Evans made the remarks in a more general letter to Council President Joseph E. Coleman, as he waxed about race relations in Philadelphia and the role of the political minority in American democracy.
February 13, 2007 |
From time to time we will run excerpts from columnist Dick Polman's blog, "Dick Polman's American Debate. " Watch this page for Polman high points - and check out the blog. Hillary Clinton is never going to say she's sorry. Politically, she can't risk it. As evidenced from her weekend foray in New Hampshire, the Democratic base is virtually demanding some sort of apology - something along the lines of "I was wrong in 2002 when I cast my Senate vote giving President Bush the option of invading Iraq," or "I am sorry I made such a big mistake when I voted to authorize the war," or "I acknowledge the critical error I made five years ago," or "I should have slapped that skirt-chasing stinker and walked out for good.
September 20, 2007
RE THE RECENT letter I wrote about the murder of my stepson William Daly: I want to apologize to the Homicide Division, in particular Detective White. Although he hadn't communicated with my wife as much as we thought he should have, he has been in touch with my other stepson, Michael, keeping him abreast of the ongoing investigation. My wife also didn't know because Michael was trying to spare her details until there was "good news," like the arrest of a suspect. So my apologies to Detective White.
November 14, 1996 |
San Francisco quarterback Elvis Grbac learned yesterday that he would start Sunday, in place of the injured Steve Young, and had some words for his harshest critic, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. Grbac said he'd had no contact with Brown but accepted the mayor's apology - made in calls to local radio stations - for calling him "an embarrassment to humankind. " "I thought it was kind of below the belt, and it was maybe a little too personal, even if he didn't know anything about my situation with my son," said Grbac, referring to 9-month-old Jack, who has spina bifida.