Harry S. Truman knew all about bucks

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 7, 2001

Old Harry S.-Truman, that is-stood alone at the top of the mountain.

He was sort of the ruler of all he surveyed.

"Sort of,"-heck-he was the absolute ruler.

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This was epitomized and emphasized by the slogan he displayed on a plaque in the Oval Office.

It read, very simply, "The Buck Stops Here."

What that means is that you have come to the court of last resort on this planet, that there is no chance whatever that ole Harry's decision on any terrestrial matter can go further.

Harry's word was final, like in his decision to end World War Two with the A-Bomb.

Other folks have likewise come up with some pretty good slogans.

Ted Turner has one of the better ones we've seen. He says: "Lead, Follow or Get Out of The Way."

That apparently has been Ted's dictum from childhood forward. His endeavors tend to bear this out.

Then there is the saying created by Stanley Marcus, merchandising consultant and professional connoisseur: "Quality Is Remembered Long After Price Is Forgotten."

Seems like Marcus may have derived his expression from the old saying: "You Get What You Pay For."

Ann Landers comes up with perhaps the most humorous and thought-provoking aphorism of them all: "Ain't Nuthin' Gonna Come Up Today That Me and the Lord Can't Handle."

Think about it.

As a matter of fact, think about all those expressions.

Now that you've followed that directive, how about thinking about the Greenville Advocate's motto: "We are not all things to all people, but we are many things to many people, and we try harder than most."

Seriously, we do our best to act as a panacea.