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Ron Howard

Oscar for Best Director

The kids tended to -- I wouldn't say ostracize me -- but to make me uneasy because there'd always be two or three weeks where every day at school was more like some kind of a personal appearance where I was at everybody's disposal. And if one group wanted to get autographs, they'd bug me for autographs. If another group wanted to make fun of me, they'd make fun of me. I wasn't a person. I was this sort of image from TV that they now had at their disposal. It was kind of strange.
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Ron Howard

Oscar for Best Director

Ron Howard: When you're doing something as emotionally risky as working on a TV show or a movie, part of it is that you're facing the real possibility of complete public humiliation. I mean, it's not all that unusual for people to say, "Aw, that was terrible! Did you see that guy? Aw, he was awful! He stinks!" And so, everybody knows that that's out there, because they've participated in that same kind of ragging on shows and movies. They know. They know that you're putting yourself up for that sort of judgment. You're opening yourself. So as a result, you know, there does need to be a kind of trust. But I've found, in the creative community, there's often a sort of an instant trust. And in just one or two conversations, you can actually determine whether that trusts exists in a relationship or not.
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John Hume

Nobel Prize for Peace

John Hume: The IRA and Sinn Fein, what was called the Republican movement, were engaged in violence in order to attempt to solve our problem, and I was strongly opposed to that violence. And, of course, there was violence as well from the Unionist side, the loyalist paramilitaries, and of course, I felt it's everyone's duty to do everything they could to get the violence stopped. And of course, thousands of British soldiers in our streets couldn't stop the violence. And, when I started my dialogue, I was, of course, was very heavily attacked for it. But, as I made clear at the time, if thousands of soldiers in our streets can't stop the violence, if I can save one single human life by talking, it's my duty to do so. And, I engaged directly in dialogue with Gerry Adams. And, of course, the dialogue arose out of the Anglo-Irish agreement of 1985, and my party, we were very heavily involved in the creation of that agreement.
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Daniel Inouye

Medal of Honor

To show you how lucky I am -- but I knew this was the day -- the first one Boom! The second one Boom! Until a grenade launcher came directly at me. Instead of hitting me here, it hit my arm. Now that's luck. Don't you think so? I lost my arm but I was still alive, until I got hit in the leg and then I couldn't walk. I must have looked terrible, because with blood gushing out, I've got this submachine gun, brrr, like the movies!
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Daniel Inouye

Medal of Honor

Daniel Inouye: You have certain responsibilities as a platoon leader. I wanted to make certain before I left that the men were deployed in positions of defense, because you can always count on the enemy counterattacking. Once you've pushed them out, they try to get back. We were now at the high point, and I might as well tell you now, but most people think I got hit by Germans, right? No. In the early stages of World War II, the Italian army, navy, air force surrendered. If you think back to the African war, they surrendered. They sunk the navy, the aircraft were all burnt. One division refused to surrender, the Bersaglieri. They were the -- I would say the successors to the Praetorian Guards. In the old days the Praetorian Guards protected Caesar, the dictator. These were Bersaglieri troops, crack troops, protected the king. And their attitude was, "We will put down our arms if the king tells us to do so." Well the king was nowhere around, it was run by Mussolini. So they fought until the end of the war, and these brave fellows, when the war came to an end I think there were less then 500 out of the whole division. And so if you go to my office you'll see the hat and the plaque. I'm a member of the Bersaglieri, because years later -- I'm a Senator now, chairman of the defense committee -- I was in Rome as part of the negotiating team for the use of Aviano, the airport. And after the negotiations were finished, I looked at the Prime Minister and I said, "I'm looking for some one who fought with the Bersaglieri." He says, "Why?" and I told him. "These were brave men. None of them ever surrendered. They fought until they were killed or wounded, and I just want to shake their hands to say that it was an honor fighting them." He says, "This general is in charge." A battalion of Bersaglieri was run by a four-star general, that's how important they were.
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Daniel Inouye

Medal of Honor

So here I am, I get to the hospital at midnight. I'm in a room about -- oh, five times this size -- it was a tent. And you can see hundreds of stretchers lined up, and some of the men are dead, some are severely wounded. And there were about three or four teams of doctors and nurses going up and down the line and they're mumbling. But after awhile I'm watching them, and it became very clear that they were deciding. This one? "Immediately in the surgical room, because he needs treatment." Next one? "You can wait. Not that serious." The third category? "God bless you." Well when the doctors came by, and the nurses, they looked me over and they put me in that category. Category three, that they say good-bye. Because the hospital had so much in resources and so many nurses, and so many doctors, and so many beds. They couldn't accommodate all. And some of them were already dead or unconscious. So when the chaplain came by, and he's following the doctors, he came by and he looked at me. "Son, God loves you." I said, "Oh yes, I know God loves me. I love God too, but I'm not ready to see him." He looked at me, he said, "You're serious aren't you?" I said, "Absolutely. I'm not ready to go yet." He ran up to the doctors, and I don't know what he said, he was mumbling away. Doctors came by, looked me over, shipped me out right away to the operating room. I had to do my first surgical procedure without anesthesia because they were afraid that I might not wake up. See how lucky I am?
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