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If only insurance executive Walter Kaye had not arranged for a White House internship for a young woman named Monica Lewinsky.

If only skipper Joseph Hazelwood had been paying attention when his tanker, the Exxon Valdez, entered Prince William Sound.

If only John F. Parker, the bodyguard assigned to Abraham Lincoln during a performance of "Our American Cousin" at Ford’s Theater had stayed at his post instead of slipping out to a saloon and leaving the president unprotected.

At age 76, Henry Fonda made this observation about himself: "I’ve been married five times and I’m ashamed of myself. My life has been peppered with suicides – (two of his former wives) – and I don’t like to look back at them. I don’t like myself. I never have. People mix me up with the roles I play." If only.