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THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T
Jules Feiffer
December 22, 1958
Harold Swergcould hit a baseball farther than any man alive
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December 22, 1958

The Man Who Wouldn't

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They sent a bunch of congressmen.
IT'S THE RULE OF A DEMOCRACY THAT THE MAJORITY DECIDES. A MAJORITY HAS DECIDED THEY WANT YOU TO PLAY IN THE OLYMPICS. ARE YOU TRYING TO CRUMBLE OUR FOUNDATIONS?
"I'M JUST TRYING TO BE LEFT ALONE" said Harold Swerg and he sent them away.

SC teamed the press. Congress threatened to draft him into the olympics.

Finally there came a special appeal from the President.
DO YOU WANT US TO LOSE?
SO THATS WHATS BOTHERING EVERYBODY.

BUT WHAT'S WRONG WITH LOSING? IT'S ONLY A GAME.

Everyone was thrown into confusion.
LOSING IS JUST THE OTHER SIDE OF WINNING. SOMEBODY HAS TO DO IT.

"DON'T LISTEN! DON'T LISTEN!" cried the President's advisors and they all closed their ears.

The public expressed its outrage. They booed. They hissed. They burned Olympic torches on his lown.

The Soviet press offered its views on the subject.

Then one day, just when things were at their hottest-Harold Swerg came out of his house and said:
ALLRIGHT. I'LL PLAY.

"SWERG WILL PALY!" The country was electrified. "SWERG WILL PLAY!" Both political parties claimed credit.

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