"Nobody could tell us or really had a very good idea, if there were a massive release of radiation, what kind of medical treatment people were going to need and this or that, or, indeed, whether there would be medical personnel around."
"I'm not feeling very well - I need a doctor immediately. Ring the nearest golf course."William Scranton on Groucho Marx
"A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running."William Scranton on Groucho Marx
"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."William Scranton on Erma Bombeck
"They certainly give very strange names to diseases."William Scranton on Plato
"Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You're not out of it until the computer says you're out of it."William Scranton on Erma Bombeck
"And if you're not going to have a clear health threat, you don't want to panic people."
"By Thursday morning, we'd gotten over the worst of it."
"The first one, obviously, was walking into my office at eight o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, and being told there was a telephone call saying that there was an incident at Three Mile Island, and that it had shut down and that beyond that we didn't know."
"Another very strong image from the first day was giving my initial press conference in the morning - going down and finding out that everything I had said, the essence of what I had said, was wrong."
"What I had said in the morning was that this is what we know has happened, but there has been no significant off-site release. Only to find out moments later that, in fact, there had been an off-site release. I still haven't gotten over that."