People: On the Record

Irene Baker, describing the politics of Stepson Howard Baker Jr., Senate minority leader: "Like the Tennessee River, he flows right down the middle."

Lieut. General Olusegun Obasanjo, former Nigeria strongman, after handing over the government to civilians and retiring to his farm: "I went, I served, I accomplished and I returned. Thanks be to God."

Bill Walsh, coach of the hapless San Francisco '49ers: "We have a young team. Some of the guys are in their first year and some of them may be in their last year."

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