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  • "I tried playing trumpet in my high-school marching band but I was soon demoted to ticket-taker at football games," he said.

    New Jersey Jazz Revolution

  • That day, the young ticket-taker on the buses of Tabriz who courageously defended his mother, incessantly pleading her cause before global public opinion, was in the middle of what may well prove his last interview, with a German magazine, when he was brutally reduced to silence -- and hardly anyone seems to care.

    Bernard-Henri Lévy: Sakineh's Son Arrested: The Great Silence of Conformist Thinkers

  • Is it too much to demand, for example, of the thousands of French students who are going to march again this week behind banderoles that read "My grandpa has taken my job" to plan as well on banderoles with the figure of a little bus ticket-taker who is their age, who could be their brother, and whose sole crime is that of having defended his mama?

    Bernard-Henri Lévy: After Sakineh, Her Son

  • The ticket-taker at the Panthéon did not scream at me when I asked where Émile Zola was buried.

    French Twist: Meet Monsieur Nice Guy

  • "The liver can only break down the alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour," says Dr. Zakhari, who likens it to how fast a ticket-taker can let concert-goers through a gate.

    Testing the Limits of Tipsy

  • One English stereotype I remember was embodied in the diffident ticket-taker on an open double-decker bus in London when London still had those.

    "Thick as mince and a clatty bastit"

  • The player antedated the ticket-taker, the amateur antedated the professional.

    For the Love of the Game

  • Ironically, he was later caught, not by well-trained government agents, but by a ticket-taker for trying to get into a movie without buying a ticket.

    JFK in 2008

  • If the ticket-taker suspects the fan is intoxicated or has other concerns, he raises his hand and a second usher makes an assessment.

    NFL's Eagles Tackle Drunken, Rowdy Fans

  • "My mother was a ticket-taker at a movie theater," the Pittsburgh architect says.

    Archive 2005-11-01

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