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Barry Marshall

Nobel Prize in Medicine

Barry Marshall: I was always curious and very interested in science, and always enjoyed school. Each year I would always be thinking, "Wow! Next year at school, or at college, I'll be able to do chemistry, or geometry that I can't do now." Or in medical school it was, "Wow! Next year I'll be able to do anatomy!" Cutting up dead bodies was my big goal in first-year medicine, and so it went on. Every year there was something exciting and wonderful that I was looking forward to the next year. Medicine is like that, just so varied that even after I graduated I thought I only wanted to be a general practitioner. But every single sub-specialty I did in my internship, I'd come home from the first week and I'd say to my wife, "I want to be a neurosurgeon. This is great!" Or, "I want to be a hematologist," or cancer specialist. Everything fascinated me, and it was really only because I got involved in this little project with the bacteria in the stomach that I ended up going into gastroenterology. Because any specialty would have made me perfectly happy.
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Barry Marshall

Nobel Prize in Medicine

One of the things my wife says is that she actually has five children. She's got the four children and me, and that I never grew up. A lot of doctors seem to be in this category, in that they have always got this childish curiosity, and they go into med school because they can't face life, and they know it will be seven years before they actually have to make a real life decision. And then if you stay in medicine and train further for a specialty, you can postpone this real life event, if you like. And then if you can go into research Well, actually you never have to finish. I think that's the ideal choice.
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John Mather

Nobel Prize in Physics

John Mather: When I was a child, I was really interested in astronomy, and it was just one of those things that was full of mystery at that time. I studied lenses and telescopes and I saw the surface of the sun with a little telescope that I made with lenses in a cardboard tube. So I was all enthusiastic about astronomy when I was in grade school. And then I learned a little bit more in high school, and I took physics courses. And finally, through graduate school, I was thinking I wanted to be a particle physicist, because that was the biggest mystery of that time. Then I was looking for a thesis project though, and I found an adviser who had this new idea to measure the cosmic microwave background radiation -- the primordial heat of the universe. It had just been discovered five years before that, so it was time to go measure. So okay. Well, I'll try that. So that was the beginning of my career as an astrophysicist. Most of my training is as a physicist rather than as an astronomer.
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John Mather

Nobel Prize in Physics

John Mather: Personally my experience is we are going like crazy for ambitious projects to explore the solar system, to explore the cosmos, doing everything we possibly can. Our technology has gotten better and better and we can do these amazing things. Our application to things at home keeps on improving too. So as far as I can tell, we are continuing to do even more than we ever could before. Maybe the public isn't noticing, because their attention is on other things. Among other things we didn't have any big disasters lately. When the Hubble telescope was launched and was a problem, then everybody knew about it, and then we fixed it. So we were in the news. When you do everything right, people don't notice. They just say, "Oh, that's cool. They must not be doing anything exciting." But to me, what we're doing scientifically is as exciting as you could possibly imagine. I guess, perhaps you're also talking about the manned program, which has come to a temporary end in the sense of we no longer have a space shuttle to fly. But we're very close now to getting people to ride on our commercial launch vehicles that were set out as part of the plan. So pretty soon we should be able to do that again. That's pretty important.
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Johnny Mathis

Grammy Hall of Fame

Johnny Mathis: I'm really pretty much a regular person who just got very lucky. I got involved early on in my life with a lot of wonderful people who helped me and guided me. I found out what I really liked to do and that was sing. And I had a lot of help to accomplish most of my goals.
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Johnny Mathis

Grammy Hall of Fame

Johnny Mathis: I think the thing that stands out most in my mind -- about how excited I was to have an opportunity to do something with my voice -- is when I met Lennie Hayton, who was married to Lena Horne. Lena Horne used to come through San Francisco on a regular basis at this wonderful hotel -- the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco -- in the Venetian Room. My dad would take me to see her. It was something electric and magnificent about her. First of all she was gorgeous. She was a beautiful woman, and she had a history of learning her craft. She was a wonderful singer and dancer. As a youngster, I would go and listen to her and watch her, and she would mesmerize me. That was the thing that motivated me most, I think, to continue to perform, not just sing for recreational purposes. But I remember she was the shining light. And then of course I went and saw other people who became fabulous in my mind also, but she was the one that I remember was the motivator for me. I said, "I would love to be able to be that good, have something, a quality that good." And all my life -- I told her. I finally got a chance, after I met her, to tell her. But her husband was very kind to me -- Lennie Hayton -- because Lena was a little standoffish. Because she was a black woman in a white world, doing all of these incredible things, making roads for people like myself, so Lena was a little bit standoffish. But her husband Lennie Hayton, who was white, used to sneak me to her dressing room and I'd sit out in the foyer until she was all dolled up and made up -- she wouldn't see me without her makeup -- and put her gown on, and that was the Lena Horne I always remember. I never saw her -- I think maybe once I saw her offstage when she wasn't all dolled up. But of course she was the person, I think, more so than Nat King Cole, who I almost emulated from the time I was a little kid, because he's my favorite singer. But she was this incredible person that I thought was the epitome of what it would be like to be a singing star.
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