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The American press looks back on the old year - and forward to the new one
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The Independent Culture
TALK ABOUT prophetic. We started the year by going nuts over a disaster movie, Titanic. By the time 1998 had finally blown over, however, we had coped with plenty of real-life catastrophes, El Nino, Monicagate, embassy bombings, school shootings, flash floods, the Chiefs, even the passing of "Old Blue Eyes".

But more uplifting events occurred, too, such as the [baseball] home- run record race, the return of an astronaut hero [John Glenn], Saving Private Ryan, a resurgent bull market and even - dare we say it? - the introduction of Viagra.

The Kansas City Star

TO LAUNCH the new year, we suggest these proclamations for a select few people:

Linda Tripp: Resolve to find a real job.

All Presidential Hopefuls: Resolve to spend as much time talking to voters as raising campaign contributions.

Bill Gates: Resolve to remember more about your business strategy than President Clinton did about Monica Lewinsky, or Ken Starr did about his investigations.

Governor George W Bush: Resolve to print "Compassionate Conservative" T-shirts and follow that motto no matter how rough other party factions play.

The Dallas Morning News

AS TEMPTING as it might be to let 1998 drag its surreal, sorry carcass out the back door without further comment, we present once again our year- end list of winners and sinners.

The Golden Spigot Award: The office of independent counsel Kenneth Starr. The last thing we saw leaking that much was the Titanic.

With Friends like these Trophy (female division): Linda Tripp.

With Friends like these Trophy (international division): Saddam Hussein, whose nasty behaviour kept undercutting French and Russian efforts to lift sanctions against Iraq and end his pariah status.

The W C Fields Award: The Republican convention site selectors, who, on the whole, would rather be in Philadelphia.

Unheeded Wisdom Award: The President's Initiative on Race. It was hard to hear in all the static, but the dialogues and report were useful.

The Philadelphia Inquirer