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Linda Buck

Nobel Prize in Medicine

Linda Buck: It wasn't as if I stood back and thought, "What's the most important thing?" I remember when I started graduate school that I did survey what was around me and decide what was the most important thing -- I thought -- to do. I think that that was in the backdrop, that I wanted to do something important. But I don't remember thinking, "This is an important thing! This is an important thing!" I might have done that, but I was always interested in taking on very challenging problems, and ones that I thought were important. I was never interested in taking small steps and adding bricks. I was always attracted to the bigger questions, and the challenges didn't bother me. This was actually a very high-risk project, and in retrospect, it was potentially suicidal. I didn't have to find the receptors. I mean potentially suicidal in terms of a career. But actually, that didn't matter to me at that time.
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Carol Burnett

Television Hall of Fame

Garry Moore, when I was on his show way back, he used to open the show -- but not tape it, not be on tape -- but he would warm up the audience by doing Q and A. And I heard him, he was just wonderful with it. So when I was going to do my show, it was suggested not to get one of those guys who come out and tell jokes and warm up the audience before you start to tape, but come out so that the audience sees me as I really am before I start putting on the fat suit, and blacking out my teeth, and the wigs and the different characters, but be Carol and do Q and A. But then they suggested taping it, and I was a little worried about that, again, because I wouldn't know -- and I didn't want a plant. I didn't want anything that I would know, because I wanted it to be off the cuff, and if I had egg on my face, that's the way it would be. So the first show I went out and I'm like, "Any questions?" First of all, I was afraid nobody would ask anything, and then I was afraid they would. But it started to catch on after we were on for about three or four weeks, and people came ready to ask questions and do things. So it became a lot of fun, because it was total improv, but the audience was my partner.
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Carol Burnett

Television Hall of Fame

The lowest of lows of course was when I lost my daughter, Carrie. You never get over that, but you learn to cope. And she was terrific and she had a mantra -- she was very talented, and when she was ill in the hospital for the last time, I was going to see her, and the nurse, one of the nurses stopped me in the hall. She said, "I have to talk to you about your daughter." I said, "What?" She said," I went into the room the other day." She said, "She is always smiling. She is always up," and so forth. And I said, "Carrie, how can you always be so cheerful lying there like that?" And she said, "Every day " -- this is Carrie's mantra -- "Every day I wake up and decide today I am going to love my life." "Decide" is the key word. Today I am going to love my life.
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George H.W. Bush

41st President of the United States

George H.W. Bush: I think the major event that shaped my life was being a Naval aviator. I got my commission and wings at 18 years old, and then I went into combat at 19. And I think, as I look back on it, that whole experience probably shaped my life more than any incident, or any event. Although I remember when I was shot down in that war. I remember how terrified I was. And it made me feel close to my family, and to God, and to life, and I was scared.
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George H.W. Bush

41st President of the United States

Then we lost a child, there was that incident, a four year-old little girl. It had a profound effect on me and on Barbara. You know, when you lose a child some families go apart. There's a common wisdom that the loss of a loved one for parents divides them later on. People cite divorce statistics. In our case it was just the other way around. And our family has been close, close, close. And Barbara and I have been married for over 50 years, and I think that horrible incident drew us even closer together.
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