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Larry King

Broadcasters' Hall of Fame

I go in, I sit down, cue my record up -- Les Elgart, "Swinging Down the Lane" -- and my hands are shaking. This is, by the way, the last time I was ever nervous, was that first day. And I'm really scared. Now I start the theme music. I turn on the microphone, I lower the theme music and nothing comes out. Nothing! I turn off the microphone, I turn up the record, and in that one minute of all you're hearing at home is a record being faded, I am realizing that I don't have the guts. In other words, I have everything else I wanted, but I don't have the chutzpah to say, "I'm a broadcaster." This was a pipe dream, and I really in that minute saw everything going away.
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Larry King

Broadcasters' Hall of Fame

I turned on the microphone, turned down the record and I said, "Good morning, this is my first day ever on radio. All my life I wanted to be in radio. I prayed for this moment. I was just given a new name. My name is Larry King. It's the first time I've ever said that name and I am scared to death. But the general manager just kicked open the door and he said that this is a communications business. So bear with me, I'm going to try to communicate." I never was nervous again.
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Willem Kolff

Pioneer of Artificial Organs

When the war broke out I happened to be in the city of The Hague, for the funeral of my wife's grandfather. That morning of the funeral the German planes came overhead and they threw out leaflets that the Dutch should surrender, and they bombed the barracks, and so on and so on. And, instead of going to the funeral, I went to the main hospital, where I had been before, and I said, "Do you have a blood bank?" And they said, "No." And I said, "Do you want me to set one up?" They said, "Yes." And they gave me an automobile with a soldier in front because there were snipers, and they gave me purchase orders so that I could go to every store in the city and buy whatever I had to. And, in four days time I had a blood bank ready.
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Willem Kolff

Pioneer of Artificial Organs

I had one patient with chronic renal failure that was in 1943, during the war. And, I dialyzed one-half liter of blood, and had it run through that artificial kidney and gave it back to her. And then waited two days to see if anything terrible would happen. Nothing happened. And so, I then took a little more blood, and so on. By that way, at that time if either an institutional review committee for research on human patients, or the FDA had been breathing down my neck, the artificial kidney would never have been made. Never.
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Wendy Kopp

Founder, Teach for America

Wendy Kopp: I remember our first corps of 500 folks, at the end of our training institute out here in Los Angeles. They were ready to go, ready to change the world, and some of the most inspirational among them had given powerful and rousing speeches. This is not a clueless group of people, and it's not a white, privileged group of people. It's a very diverse group of people. Some of them grew up in the communities in which we were going to be placing others. Very big range of backgrounds. But I still remember, when they started teaching, they hit the wall very early on as they saw our country's greatest challenges playing out before their eyes. Kids who face extreme challenges that many of us would find to be inconceivable, who were bringing them into classrooms and schools that really were never set up to meet their extra needs. Survival became the mantra. If we can stick it out in the classrooms with the kids, that's a victory. And I think what happened was a few of those people, over time, through going through their own learning curves, figured out not just how to survive, but how to actually help put their kids on a different trajectory. That began the real journey of Teach For America. And at the heart of that journey has been really learning from the most successful among our teachers. And understanding from them what it took to actually get their kids invested in working incredibly hard in pursuit of a great education, and what it would take to actually instill in them the self-advocacy skills -- as well as the academic skills -- necessary to actually have many greater options than they otherwise would.
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