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Lech Walesa

Nobel Prize for Peace

Lech Walesa: I never thought of politics at that point, and I never wanted to exert any public function. I never got any adequate training for this purpose, and I disliked it in fact. But at home, we used to listen to the radio. They were forbidden radio stations at that time, like Radio Free Europe and BBC. That was forbidden by the authorities at that time, and people could end up in jail for listening to those broadcasts. So while I was there, listening with the rest of the family and for this reason -- since I could feel the ban on such simple things -- I disliked the system from the very beginning. And, gradually I grew up and I continued disliking the system even more, and there were certain forums where I would speak out about it, and that's when my trouble started, my problems started. And, the point was that the more trouble I had, the more openly I would speak, and this has, in fact, put me on this path of dissidence, later to continue into the real struggle against the system.
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Lech Walesa

Nobel Prize for Peace

When I continued saying that we were to win against communism by peaceful means, they looked at me like a madman. And right now we are going to celebrate 2000 years of Christianity, and we have this incredible thing happen to us. We get this divine gift from Heaven, when nobody believes it's possible. Here we have a Pole becoming the Pope. A year later, he visits Poland and he tells us, "Don't be afraid. Change the face of this world." And soon afterwards, we stopped fearing. The fear is gone. A year later out of the 10 people that I had in my command at that point, I have 10 million supporting me, and I actually carry out the changing of the face of the world.
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Herschel Walker

All-American Football Player

Too many people today are afraid to step up at bat. They are afraid that life is going to throw them all kinds of curve balls, and this and that. And you know what is so strange, is there is no one in professional baseball that is batting 100. I doubt there is anyone batting 600. There is no one probably batting even 500. But as long as you're not afraid in life, and step up and take on a challenge, you never know what's going to happen. And every challenge that I have been faced, I am going to step up and swing because one time I may hit a home run. And that home run is going to carry me a little bit farther. That's what is so great to me about the Academy here. I've won so many awards in my life. I won a lot of things, but when I got the word about coming up here to the Academy as a student, I was getting so many scholarship offers and I really didn't know what to think of it, until I got here and saw the other students here. And it made me proud to be a part of that.
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Herschel Walker

All-American Football Player

You can take two little dogs. One can be a small dog, the other one is a small puppy, but it's going to grow up to be this huge 160-pound dog. And you can take this one 30-pound little dog that is an adult at the time, and this big dog, as he grows up he is being dominated by this little dog. So he always grows up thinking this little dog can beat him. So he can get to his full size of 160 pounds, and this little dog still is only 30 pounds, but the big dog still thinks the little dog can beat him, so he is afraid of him because he doesn't know any better.
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Herschel Walker

All-American Football Player

I grew up in the South. My senior year was a very big racial - the tension in my home town was a very big deal. It's tough, but you're knowing who you are, and you're knowing that no white's no better than you, Herschel, you're no better than they are. And, I think the biggest thing to help me to overcome is when it's all said and done, God is not going to have a list and say, "Oh, geez. You're white, so you are going in. You're black, you're not," or "You're black, you're coming in. You are white, you're not." God don't care. My mother once told me -- this is almost similar to it -- I was going to church one Sunday, and I didn't want to go. I was tired of going to church and stuff. And I hid my shoes, I didn't want to go. It's funny because I went in to my mother, and she said, "You ready to go to church?" And I said, "No, I can't go." She said "Why?" I said, "I don't have any shoes." You know, you only had one pair of Sunday shoes. And I said, "I don't have any shoes to go." And she said, "No, you can come on and go," and I said "I don't have any shoes." She said, "God don't care how you look." I thought about it, and you know, that's true. God don't care how you look. He don't care whether you are white, black, pink. As long as you've been a good person and you believe in Him. And, I said, "That's the key."
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Mike Wallace

CBS News Correspondent

Mike Wallace: You name it. Everybody. A lot of people in New York were fascinated by the fact that somebody was finally asking questions of some substance and unexpected questions. One back then would never talk on air to a homosexual. I mean it just would be unheard of. But we did, those who were willing to come out of the closet and talk about it - or somebody who was addicted to drugs. I mean it is difficult to believe now, but a half century ago and that was virtually that -- 45 years ago, all television interview programs were pabulum, easy questions and easy answers and so forth. And, suddenly we decided -- it wasn't my idea, it was a colleague of mine by the name of Ted Yates with whom I worked for a long time. He said, "Let's really go after some of these people in an interesting way. Make them think, make them react." And, they did.
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Mike Wallace

CBS News Correspondent

I didn't want to talk about the stigma of depression. Finally, one night I was on the Bob Costas Show, back when he did Later on television, about 1:30 in the morning. In the middle of it, I suddenly realized, "Hey, the people who are watching at this time of night are people who can't sleep." So, I decided those are the people that I used to be, and that is the first time I began to go public about it. It lifted an extraordinary burden. Since that time I have talked about it fairly openly for the reason that it can be helpful for other people to say, "Well look, here's a guy who was at the bottom of the heap, miserable, and look, he has it back. He's surviving."
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