THE MAN ON THE LINE

OFTEN DERIDED LARRY PRESSLER LEADS THE SENATE'S EFFORT TO RESHAPE THE COMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY

The stodgy U.S. senate cannot boast many funny moments, and that's just one reason Larry Pressler is such a standout. Take the time a few years ago when the South Dakota Republican got up to leave the Senate Commerce Committee and walked instead into a closet. When he re-emerged a few minutes later, he tried to act as if nothing had gone wrong. He looked back into the empty space, waved as if he were saying goodbye to someone and closed the door. Then he located the real exit and left to titters from the audience.

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