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Dan Rather

Broadcast Journalist

Controversy? You can't be any kind of reporter worthy of the name and avoid controversy completely. You can't be a good reporter and not be fairly regularly involved in some kind of controversy. And I don't think you can be a great reporter and avoid controversy very often, because one of the roles a good journalist plays is to tell the tough truths as well as the easy truths. And the tough truths will lead you to controversy, and even a search for the tough truths will cost you something. Please don't make this play or read as any complaint, it's trying to explain this goes with the territory if you're a journalist of integrity. That if you start out a journalist or if you reach a point in journalism where you say, "Listen, I'm just not going not touch anything that could possibly be controversial," then you ought to get out.
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George Rathmann

Founding Chairman, Amgen

I didn't know much about recombinant DNA. I was certainly in the dark. I just liked the thrill of the thought that you could actually make human proteins. Now, for the first time, you could create them. They could be safely made, and made commercially interesting. So although there weren't very many examples of that, it was clear that's where the science was going. And of course, the other part of the science was that you'd actually have a basis of looking at and having a true molecular understanding of the human being, instead of, as biology had been up 'til that time, "There's a factor one and a factor two and a factor three," all the way up to factor eight in the coagulation family. And not a single one of those chemicals could have been identified by the people who had named them. By the time recombinant DNA came along, you could pinpoint the exact chemical structures of every one of those things. And every other molecule in the body was available for that decoding, and that's exactly what made it exciting. So I wanted to do it, and I decided I'd better do it with an independent company. So it was a fairly tough call, but what made it easy was that after I worried about it for a while, I finally decided to do it on a friendly basis. Came back to Abbott and got a $5 million investment from Abbott to help us get started. And $5 million from Abbott, that was the ticket to success, because immediately the venture capitalists all lined up. And we raised $19 million because they said, "If that tightfisted, conservative organization in the Midwest put in $5 million, that must be a great start." So we raised a lot of money. And that made the difference. That made Amgen successful enough to pass up all the previous companies that were already out there.
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Lloyd Richards

Tony Award-Winning Director

Lloyd Richards: It's built into your life. If you aspire at all, you're taking a risk. If you aspire as a young black person to something where there is not a beaten path, you're taking a risk. So risk is nothing new in your life. But then, some risks cost more than others, and I guess those are the ones that you recognize as risks. But all of life is a risk. You try and achieve whatever you as an individual human being can achieve. To make that attempt is a risk. I guess I never decided to take risks with my life, I just had no choice.
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