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Denton Cooley

Pioneer of Heart Transplants

Denton Cooley: I was operating with a surgeon who himself was handicapped. He had had a spinal cord tumor. He had one good hand, which was I think his left hand, which he used to operate. And he had one other arm, that was in sort of a brace. We had a patient with an aneurysm here, just under his breast bone. And I remember so well, we got the man anesthetized -- he was actually bleeding when he got in the operating room -- had the man anesthetized, and this surgeon reached down and pulled up the breast bone, and the blood hit the ceiling, and he put his finger in the hole in the aorta, and so he was completely immobilized. Because he had this other arm that he couldn't do much with, and so he said, "Cooley, it's your operation now. See what you can do to get my finger out of the hole." And that was the way that came about. I figured out a way to patch up the hole in the aorta, and the patient survived. But I remembered it was a task that was way beyond my experience at the time. And I wasn't prepared for anything that difficult.
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Denton Cooley

Pioneer of Heart Transplants

One of the most trying times in my career was when we did the first heart transplant. We put it into the patient, and wondered whether it was going to work. Suppose it had not functioned? We weren't certain at all that it would function. So that five or ten minutes, while we were waiting for that heart to regain its function, was one of the most difficult times of my surgical career. And I'm sure it's the same with other surgeons who have followed. Now we know that the heart will start up, and that's just part of the knowledge that we have gained through the years.
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Francis Ford Coppola

Filmmaker, Producer and Screenwriter

Roger said he was going to make a film in Europe and asked me if I knew anyone who could be like the sound man on it. So, I said, "Oh, I could." Of course, I didn't know anything about it. I mean, I was good with technology, but I had never done the sound. So I took the recorder home and read the instructions, and Roger did take me.
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Francis Ford Coppola

Filmmaker, Producer and Screenwriter

In your own time, usually, the stuff that's your best idea or work is going to be attacked the most. Firstly, probably because it's new, or because they'd never seen an opening of a movie like that, or seen a gangster movie done in this style. So you have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas, because otherwise you'll just knuckle under and change it. And then things that might have been memorable will be lost.
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Sheryl Crow

Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter

Sheryl Crow: It was the most terrifying experience because, for one thing, it's difficult to go in and say, "Look, I don't know what I'm doing, but I know what I don't want to be doing." So after much cajoling, A&M -- which doesn't exist anymore -- said, "Okay, we won't put it out," and then for about a year, nothing happened. I really thrashed around about whether I had made the wrong decision, but ultimately it did serve me well, because the record that I had made was just innocuous. It would have been lost in the bins. I kind of feel like I was looked after in some way, in that they didn't put the record out.
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