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About the Author
  • Christopher Buckley is the author of eleven
    books, many of them national bestsellers,
    including THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, GOD IS MY
    BROKER, LITTLE GREEN MEN, NO WAY TO TREAT A FIRST
    LADY, WASHINGTON SCHLEPPED HERE and FLORENCE OF
    ARABIA.

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About the Author
  • Christopher Buckley - Wikipedia, the free
    encyclopedia
  • Buckley was born in New York in 1952. He
    graduated with honors from Yale University,
    shipped out with the Merchant Marine and was
    managing editor of ESQUIRE magazine at the age of
    24. At age 29, he published his first best
    seller, STEAMING TO BAMBOOLA THE WORLD OF A
    TRAMP FREIGHTER and became chief speechwriter to
    the Vice President of the United States, George
    H.W. Bush.
  • In 1989, the late Malcolm Forbes hired him to
    start a new magazine, FORBES FYI. He has been
    editor of chief of the publication since then.
    Buckley has written for most national newspapers
    and magazines, including THE NEW YORK TIMES, WALL
    STREET JOURNAL, WASHINGTON POST, TIME, THE
    ATLANTIC MONTHLY, SMITHSONIAN, US NEWS AND WORLD
    REPORT, VANITY FAIR, VOGUE, CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER.
    He has published over 50 comic essays in THE NEW
    YORKER magazine. In 2002, Buckley received the
    Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence.

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Prologue- The Symposium
  • Naylor made his living by defending the tobacco
    industry which is responsible for killing 1200
    people a day.
  • We need not more confrontation, but more
    consultation. Steal from the Jesse Jackson
    School of Meaningless but Rhymed Oratory.
  • He told the tale of Turkish Sultan Murad IVs
    anti-smoking hysteria. Murad IV beheaded people
    for breaking his anti-smoking ban.

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Chapter 1
  • Nick Naylors office, the Academy of Tobacco
    Studies, is on K Street in Washington, D.C.
  • K Street is known as the location of many
    lobbyists.

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Chapter 1-
  • At one point he mentions the 'Nuremberg Defense-
    I vas only paying ze mortgage
  • Nuremberg Trials

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Chapter 1-
  • Tobacco has been under government attack at least
    since 1964 when Surgeon General Luther Terry
    issued his famous report SGR Reducing the Health
    Consequences of Smoking.
  • The Surgeon General of the United States is the
    nation's leading spokesman on matters of public
    health.

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Chapter 1-
  • We meet Jeannette the very picture of a Yuppie
    dominatrix

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Chapter 2-
  • Nick has lunch with the Mod Squad at Berts
  • MOD Merchants of Death, not The Mod Squad, a
    1960s cop show
  • Like Hollywood joke writers, only developing
    sound bites to deemphasize the lethality of their
    products

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Chapter 2-
  • Polly was happy that the Michigan Supreme Court
    had ruled that sobriety check lane were
    unconstitutional, even though the US Supreme
    Court had said they were constitutional.
    Sobriety checklanes involve the seizure of the
    vehicle without suspicion, and therefore violate
    the state constitution.    Sitz v MSP 443 M 744
    (1993) Understanding Federal and State Courts -
    Educational Outreach
  •  

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Chapter 2- G. Gordon Liddy
  • Bobby Joe developed an advertising piece with a
    little old lady who could have stopped a church
    shooting if only her state legislature had
    authorized carrying a weapon, from a story he
    heard on G. Gordon Liddy's radio show

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Chapter 3-
  • Most of Nicks 105K goes to pay the mortgage on
    the suburban home where Joey lives with his
    mother
  • During the weekend visitation, Dad and Joey end
    up watching the video Sands of Iwo Jima
  • When Dad lights up a cigarette, Joey gets him to
    go outside to smoke

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Chapter 4-
  • Early talking films glamorized the notion of
    smoking (Bogart in Casablanca)

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Chapter 4-
  • Popular Documents Smoking in Movies

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Chapter 4-
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Chapter 5-
  • Survey says, 90 of 6 year olds recognize Joe
    Camel and understand what he represents.

Joe Camel
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Chapter 6-
  • Naylor tells the Captain he was born in 1952, a
    year in which the Captain was killing Chinese in
    the Korean War. Now the Chinese are the tobacco
    industrys best customers (70 of Chinese adult
    males smoke.)

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Chapter 6-
  • The Captain regales Nick with certain historical
    facts about smoking
  • Rodrigo de Jerez the first European smoker and
    first tobacco spokesperson
  • Edwin Proon- put in the stock in the
    Massachusetts Bay colony in the early 1600s for
    smoking
  • Lucy Page Gaston- founder of the Anti-Smoking
    League, died of lung cancer(It proves there is a
    God, says the Captain.)

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Chapter 6- Lucy Page Gaston
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Chapter 8-
  • Nick received an invitation to appear on Larry
    King Live

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Chapter 8-
  • The Tumbleweed Man, Lorne Lutch had been the
    macho cowboy image for smoking for years, but now
    he had throat cancer, spoke through a Stoma , and
    spoke out against the dangers of smoking

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Chapter 8-
  • The Lutch character is based on the real Marlboro
    Man, in particular Wayne McLaren. McLaren
    testified for antismoking legislation before
    dying of lung cancer.
  • NPR The Marlboro Man, Present at the Creation

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Chapter 9-
  • The Washington Moon is a fictitious news paper.
    However, as the alternative to the Washington
    Post, the Moon reference is to Washingtons other
    paper, the The Washington Times. The Times was
    founded in 1982 by Sun Myung Moon, leader of the
    Unification Church and the Family Federation for
    World Peace and Unification, to be a conservative
    alternative to the larger Washington Post. The
    Times is widely perceived as maintaining a
    right-leaning editorial stance.

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Chapter 9-
  • The United States Secret Service is mandated by
    statute and executive order to carry out two
    significant missions protection and criminal
    investigations. The Secret Service protects the
    President and Vice President, their families,
    heads of state, and other designated individuals
    investigates threats against these protectees
    protects the White House, Vice Presidents
    Residence, Foreign Missions, and other buildings
    within Washington, D.C. and plans and implements
    security designs for designated National Special
    Security Events. The Secret Service also
    investigates violations of laws relating to
    counterfeiting of obligations and securities of
    the United States financial crimes that include,
    but are not limited to, access device fraud,
    financial institution fraud, identity theft,
    computer fraud and computer-based attacks on our
    nations financial, banking, and
    telecommunications infrastructure. Secret Service
    Codenames for protected individuals are real, but
    also are fodder for fiction writers (Rover in
    this case).

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Chapter 10-
  • In 1604, King James I of England wrote The
    Counterblaste to Tobacco, the first governmental
    attack on the evils of tobacco.
  • But by 1612, the Treasury was full with revenues
    from taxing tobacco, and James never addressed
    the subject again.
  • The US government, like Capt. Renaud, is shocked
    by the ill effects of smoking while its
    international trade representative push tobacco
    on foreign markets.

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Chapter 10-
  • From Casablanca
  • RICK How can you close me up? On what grounds?
  • Captain Renault I'm shocked, shocked to find
    that gambling is going on in here! Croupier
    Your winnings, sir.
  • Captain Renault Oh, thank you very much.
    Captain Renault Everybody out at once!

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Chapter 11-
  • Nick is kidnappedhe refers to the kidnapper as
    Peter Lorre
  • He was a popular character actor in the 1940s
    1950s and shown here with Humphrey Bogart

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Chapter 12-
  • Nick tells his doctor jokes about J. Edgar Hoover
    wearing tutus. (See The Secret Life of J. Edgar
    Hoover for the bizarre side of the famous FBI
    Director.)

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Chapter 12-
  • Katie Couric of the Today show interviewed Nick
    in the hospital.
  • She is now a news anchor on CBS

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Chapter 13-
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Chapter 16-
  • Lady Bent is modeled after Margaret Thatcher,
    former British Prime Minister known as the Iron
    Lady.

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Chapter 17-
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Struggle with
    Disability- FDRs disability was generally not
    displayed in public and was a well kept secret.

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Chapter 20-
  • The Mod Squad tried to help Nick address the
    skull and crossbones proposal.
  • They discuss getting dirt on Senator Finisterre.
    Dont forget his video rental records. Remember
    what those swine did to poor Judge Thomas.
  • The reference is to Clarence Thomas now a US
    Supreme Court Justice.

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Chapter 20-
  • Justice Thomas Senate confirmation hearings
    reached an all time low in bad taste (until
    exceeded by the Clinton impeaxhment mess!)
  • The content of the hearings, particularly Senator
    Orrin Hatch's questions "Did you ever say in
    words or substance something like there is a
    pubic hair in my Coke?" and "Did you ever use the
    term Long Dong Silver in conversation with
    Professor Hill?" rapidly became fodder for the
    nation's comedians.

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Chapter 20-
  • Nick appears on the ABC news show, Night Line
    with Ted Koppel. This show was on the air for
    many years.

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Chapter 20-
  • Nick notes that Koppels characteristic pause is
    reminiscent of Edward R. Murrow the pioneering
    radio and television journalist.
  • Murrow was also a prominent smoker. He died of
    lung cancer at age 57 in 1965.

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Chapter 20-
  • Reducing Tobacco Use A Report of The Surgeon
    General - Warning Label - Fact Sheets discusses
    tobacco label warnings.

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Chapter 22-
  • Nick sat through a day long Senate hearing on the
    labeling proposal, listening to repeated attacks
    on tobacco.
  • Nick described the committee members over 2000
    bounced checks between them, a seducer of
    underage Senate pages, 3 DUIs, one income-tax
    evader, a wife beater and a case of plagiarism,
    from, of all sources, a campaign speech of Benito
    Moussolini.

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Chapter 22-
  • The page reference calls to mind the Mark Foley
    affair of 2006, and the earlier House page
    scandal in the 1980s.
  • The plagiarism issues recalls then Senator Joseph
    Biden (now Vice President)
  • Biden was forced to withdraw from the 1988
    Democratic Presidential nominations when it was
    alleged that he had failed a 1965 introductory
    law school course on legal methodology due to
    plagiarism. "Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr.,
    fighting to salvage his Presidential campaign . .
    . acknowledged 'a mistake' in his youth, when he
    plagiarized a law review article for a paper he
    wrote in his first year at law school. Mr. Biden
    insisted, however, that he had done nothing
    'malevolent,' that he had simply misunderstood
    the need to cite sources carefully." Biden
    withdrew from the race September 23, 1987, and
    reported the law school incident to the Delaware
    Supreme Court. The court's Board of Professional
    Responsibility cleared him of any allegations.
  • Biden was also accused of plagiarizing portions
    of his speeches, and that he had copied several
    campaign speeches, notably those of British
    Labour leader Neil Kinnock and Senator Robert F.
    Kennedy. He denied those charges. "And he
    asserted that another controversy, concerning
    recent reports of his using material from others'
    speeches without attribution, was 'much ado about
    nothing.'

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Chapter 23 Hamlet with Yoricks skull
  • Sven shows Nick the focus group info on the skull
    and bones. A Mr. Rogers like skull looked almost
    friendly. (The program Kciroy- Yorick spelled
    backwards- produces it.)

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Chapter 24-
  • Nick imagines himself being carried out of the
    office to St. Elizabeths Hospital by the men in
    white coats where his roommate is John Hinckley,
    Jr.
  • Hinckley shot President Reagan in 1981, was
    acquitted on an insanity defense and is still a
    mental patient at St. Elizabeths

St. Elizabeths Main Building
John Hinkley following assassination attempt
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Chapter 25-
  • Nick convinces a Muslim cab driver to elude the
    agents following him by telling the driver the
    FBI wants to deport him because of the World
    Trade Center Bombing in 1994. Nick tells him he
    may get to meet Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman in prison

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Chapter 25-
  • The Captain was in the hospital when Nick
    arrived. Nick claimed to be his grandson in
    order to see him using his best Butterfly McQueen
    voice
  • Prissys famous line Lawzy, we got to have a
    doctor. I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin'
    babies!

Butterfly McQueen in Gone With the Wind
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Chapter 25-
  • There is a brief reference to gunmen on the
    grassy knoll in Dallas (a conspiracy theory about
    the John Kennedy assassination).

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Chapter 26-
  • Robert Stack as Eliot Ness Kevin Costner
    as Eliot Ness
  • The FBI agents confront Nick about going to
    Winston Salem
  • Nick thinks of them as The Untouchables

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Chapter 27
  • Marquess of Queensberry,
  • John Sholto Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry
    was a Scottish nobleman, remembered for lending
    his name to the "Marquess of Queensberry rules"
    that formed the basis of modern boxing
  • Gomez calls the hit squad Team B to which Nick
    responds the Presidential Foreign Intelligence
    Advisory Board

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Chapter 28
  • The MOD Squad became public knowledge Only Bert
    was happy because his restaurant was put on the
    Scandal Tour itinerary
  • The Tidal Basin is where Fanne Foxe, girl friend
    of powerful Congressman Wilbur Mills took a late
    night swim, got caught and exposed her tryst with
    Mills to the world
  • Marion Berry is a former DC mayor arrested in a
    cocaine sting washingtonpost.com Barry Arrested
    on Cocaine Charges in Undercover FBI, Police
    Operation

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Chapter 28
  • Polly was upset to hear about Nick and Jeannette,
    but Nick could not see Pollys look because she
    was wearing her Jackie O sunglasses (a reference
    to former first lady Jackie Kennedy)

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Chapter 28
  • Nick wakes up in Arlington National Cemetery with
    the taste of Slivovitz (plum brandy) in his mouth
  • He had come to commit suicide
  • When he sees a bum light a cigarette on the
    Eternal Flame at JFKs gravesite he had an
    epiphany and changed his mind

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Epilogue-
  • Bobby Jay is active with the Christian Prison
    Fellowship which was founded by Charles Colson ,
    who was former counsel to President Nixon and who
    did prison time for a Watergate related conviction

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