August 16, 2004
"We keep looking to see if we can see Ireland across the water. You just feel like you're playing in Scotland." Davis Love III, about Whistling Straits golf course in Kohler, Wis., site of PGA Championship
June 3, 2001
As one who can whistle both parts of "The Andy Griffith Show" theme simultaneously, without articles like Ann Gerhart's "Where Have All the Whistlers Gone?" (May 22), a lone, polyphonic whistler certainly could feel archaic and idiosyncratic. I must, however, take issue with adman Steven Herbst when he "refuses to demean his instrument by whistling any old jingle." Lighten up, Steve. As the article says, "It's happy-go-lucky. It's jaunty. It's loner art," and there's no shame in jingles.
May 22, 2001 |
People don't whistle much anymore. It used to be so American, so evocative of our rugged individualism and independence, of a certain jaunty happy-go-luckiness. A fella whistled while he worked, whistled a happy tune, then wet his whistle with a cold one, and whistled at the girls going by. Jiminy Cricket whistled, and the Seven Dwarfs, and Gene Kelly and Santa Claus and Woodrow Wilson and Charles Lindbergh and Albert Einstein.
February 1, 2007 |
IF the Swedish pop trio Peter Bjorn and John end their careers as one-hit wonders, they can probably blame the whistling. The airy, carefree melody that starts the song "Young Folks" is threatening to become more recognizable than the band itself. The hook -- courtesy of producer and multi-instrumentalist Bjorn Yttling -- is one of the finest moments on the trio's third album, "Writer's Block." The whistling was intended as a temporary placeholder in the song's arrangements.
October 7, 2000 |
Northrop Grumman Corp. has agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit that accused the defense contractor of overcharging the U.S. Air Force for B-2 bomber instruction and repair manuals, federal prosecutors said Friday. In the latest allegations of overcharging on the $44-billion bomber program, a former employee accused Century City-based Northrop of violating the federal Truth in Negotiations Act by inflating cost estimates on the manuals.
March 3, 2002
Re "Enron's Watkins Falls Far Short of Being a Hero," Commentary, Feb. 27: It's about time someone called politicians and journalists to account for their profligate use of words like "whistle-blower," "hero" and "courage." Americans have long had a facile notion of courage and heroism, applying it to athletes who compete while suffering from stress fractures. But to see the term "whistle-blower" join the company of such overused words is particularly distressing. To be a true whistle-blower is to go public with an ethical conflict, with the public good in mind.