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Ernest Gaines

A Lesson Before Dying

In all the time that I knew my aunt -- and she raised me until I was 15-and-a-half years old -- I never heard her complain once about anything, never complain once about her condition and the things that she had to do for us. Never once. So I think it was she who has had the greatest influence on me, both as an artist, as well as a man. Many times in my early age, when things were not working right for me in my writing, I wanted to give up, but I could not afford to give up because I remembered her and the things that she had to go through in her lifetime.
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John Gearhart

Stem Cell Research

John Gearhart: This was a decision that my mother had made following the death of my dad, who was a coal miner in Western Pennsylvania and I was placed in an institution called Girard College, which is sort of a strange name, but it was one that was set up by Steven Girard who was a banker and merchant and mariner, who funded the War of 1812 almost solely by himself, which is interesting. A very wealthy man and he had set up an orphanage, and so I was placed there for ten years.
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John Gearhart

Stem Cell Research

We were disconnected, I mean from the world, in the sense that this institution had -- a remarkable place -- it had a wall that was 12 or 15 feet high. It was up the street from the Eastern State Penitentiary. It looked every bit like it. We were only allowed outside these gates for brief periods of time so it was really like a little, you know, sequestered -- although there were a thousand kids in there. It was a very isolated kind of a thing.
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Frank Gehry

Award-Winning Architect

My house was strange. I mean some of the things I did, like the chain-link fence. It wasn't about what people thought it was about. The chain-link fence, so much of that material is made and used and absorbed by the culture, and there is so much denial about it. I was fascinated by the denial, and I was trying to humanize it, so that if you are going to use it, at least use it, find some way to use it right or aesthetically more pleasing. Well, that backfired on me. Everybody thought I was making some kind of great "stick in the ribs" kind of thing about it. Also, the house was me trying to find my middle class self in a middle class neighborhood. How do I relate to this? I guess I am here. I am with them. They have their cars on the front lawn. They have chain link. They have corrugated metal. They have all these things, and how am I going to? So I dealt with it, but when I dealt with it, it was like the neighbors thought I was making fun of them, which I wasn't.
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