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Thomas Starzl

Father of Modern Transplantation

Thomas Starzl: Our kidney results were our battering ram. No doubt, no doubt about it. Just doing those livers, if that were an isolated effort it would have been professionally ruinous. And it actually was, going beyond the kidney was not exactly the route to professional success. People were trying to recruit me to go elsewhere and take chairs and so forth. But they always -- or almost always -- said, 'We want you to come here and do kidneys, but you've got to promise that you won't do livers." So any time somebody said that, the game was over as far as considering a job.
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Martha Stewart

Multi-Media Lifestyle Entrepreneur

I live in the same house I've lived in for 25 years. I haven't gone off and bought mansions. Even though my subject is living, living in a mansion wouldn't do for my readers. I have to keep my credibility alive with my readers, so we're in the same place. I just make that place nicer and nicer. And that's a secret. People don't know that. People think, oh, she lives in this fabulous place, but it's the same old place. It started out like a farm, it got to be a farmette, then it got to be an estatelet. I built a wall; it helped a lot. But it's the same place, the same grounded nature.
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Martha Stewart

Multi-Media Lifestyle Entrepreneur

As I evolve, I hope my readers evolve, I hope my viewers evolve. And also, I think it's very important that whatever you're trying to make or sell, or teach has to be basically good. A bad product and you know what? You won't be here in ten years. You might be rich, you might be famous, but you're not going to be here in 10 years.
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Robert Strauss

Presidential Medal of Freedom

I vividly remember that he asked me when he got elected Governor -- well, the Governor has no power, but he has appointments, he can appoint you to different things -- and he asked me what I wanted, and I said, "Well, I don't want anything, Governor. I know you don't want to appoint me to the Board of Regents because you have been speaking on the fact that we've got to get rid of cronyism on that board, and I couldn't agree with you more. I think you ought to appoint some people not like me who would be considered your voice there. I share your view, and that's the only thing I would want. I love the University of Texas, and I'd like to be a Regent, but this would be the wrong time," and he wouldn't do it if I had wanted it.
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Robert Strauss

Presidential Medal of Freedom

Robert Strauss: Carter insisted on doing things in the first term that he shouldn't do. For example, we never should have tried to pass the Panama Canal bill the first term. That's a second term thing, because you take a lot of scars on that. We leaned on everybody terribly hard to get those votes and get that done and did it by one vote, and we pushed people and pushed them in ways they didn't want to be and made them vote for it, the Democrats. Carter felt strongly that he had committed to do it and he was going to do it, and even though Hamilton and Jody and I also encouraged him to let that sit for the second term. But he did things like that, and Jimmy Carter didn't want to do the political things that he needed to do. He wanted to do substantive things that are worthwhile, the same way he is right now. He has never changed and is never going to. I have given up trying to change him. I talk to him with some regularity and am very close to him and very proud of it.
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