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Jeong Kim

President of Bell Labs

Jeong Kim: I don't feel that I was chastised by people outside the family, but I would imagine this is not as good as if you had your own parents looking after you. I felt that my parents neglected me. As a matter of fact, when I left home you could say I was kicked out of home. My father disowned me when I was 16. I'm not quite sure why. I wasn't a bad kid. I was never into any drugs or did anything bad. Actually, I was a good student, but for some reason there was a lack of interest. And, maybe it's the way this first generation immigrant -- there's just so many problems, so many things to worry about, and I'm just one of the kids. And, I guess because my parents were divorced and I never really lived with either parent for a very long time, so we probably never established that bond.
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Jeong Kim

President of Bell Labs

Jeong Kim: There was a moment in my life that I said I was at the rock bottom. I just couldn't think of anybody who was more miserable than I was, and I tried to think of somebody who might be more miserable. But, physically I was hungry. I didn't have food for a couple of days and there were times that were that ugly. And I said to myself, you know, life, that I really have two choices: "Either commit suicide or I try to make something with my life." And I said, "In life, I'm at the rock bottom. It's going to have to get better than this."
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James V. Kimsey

Founding Chairman,
America Online

James V. Kimsey: My first tour I had a team up in what they call I-Corps, just south of My Lai. And, I took a team in after the first team got wiped out and I stayed there for a year. During that year I had about 1,100 Vietnamese irregulars that I was responsible for. Every day of that year I had at least one of those guys get killed. Some days we had big attacks and a lot more got killed. But, this was a very bad area of Vietnam.
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James V. Kimsey

Founding Chairman,
America Online

That night we got mortared, and we had tracers flying around, which was not an abnormal nocturnal experience for us. And, I remember sort of smugly saying to one of my team members I said, "Watch, those nuns are going to be back over here in the morning trying to have me get a helicopter and get them out of here." And sure enough, the next morning the little Mother Superior -- there was a Mother Superior, a nurse, a teacher and a cook -- came over and I said, "Yes, Sister, what can I do?" And she said, "Please follow me." And, she took me back to the orphanage and during the night she'd made up a punch list of all the deficiencies she's found with the orphanage. And, she took me around and showed me all these, a little crack here, little something over here, and the implication being that I had to fix them. And I thought to myself, "I think I really underestimated these nuns."
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B.B. King

King of the Blues

B.B. King: I had sang with this group, sang with two groups. The first one was called the Elk Horn -- like an elk's horn -- Jubilee Singers. That's where I started in Kilmichael and I thought we was pretty good, but then when I moved to the Delta that broke up the group, and I started to sing with another group called the St. John Gospel Singers. And, I would usually sing as a lead singer and I had started to play the guitar pretty good, so we was one of the few groups -- gospel groups -- that used the guitar. And, I thought we was good because we had sing-along programs with some of the great, great gospel singers. We was like an opening act, open shows for them and I personally thought we was pretty good. And, we would work our crops each year, and come harvest time we talked about leaving and going some place to record. Because there was no recording studios in the area, so we would have had to have gone to Greenwood, Greenville or to Memphis. And, I thought Memphis would be the best, because I had heard so much about Memphis and the things they was doing there. Each year for about three or four years we would talk about it, the guys and I, and every year one would say, "Well man, I didn't make but two or three bales of cotton. I don't have any money. I can't leave now." So, finally one day I said, "Well, I'm going to leave," and that's how I did it. I left and went to Memphis.
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B.B. King

King of the Blues

B.B. King: You're not going to believe what I'm about to tell you. I have stage fright today, 78 years now. I had a lot of confidence that I could do it. I'd hear Professor Luther Henson again saying, "If you try and try, try harder." And I have worried quite often. People use --I don't know where it come from, but if you try, nothing beats a failure, but a try. And if you try and you don't make it, try and try again, and I believe that. I believe that today. I believe you -- sometimes you may not make that mark that you was trying to get this time, but suppose you had ate too much, drank too much water or whatever. You're just too heavy, try it the next time when you don't have so much food, when you haven't drank so much water, and that's, I think, the way I believe even now.
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