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Jonas Salk

Developer of Polio Vaccine

Jonas Salk: As a child I was not interested in science. I was merely interested in things human, the human side of nature, if you like, and I continue to be interested in that. That's what motivates me. And, in a way it's the human dimension that has intrigued me.
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Barry Scheck

Co-Founder, Innocence Project

Barry Scheck: After I left Berkeley, I worked for awhile for the United Farm Workers union. And then I took the New York and California bar at the same time, which was a little hard then. And then eventually, after I went back, I worked as a public defender in the South Bronx for the Legal Aid Society for two-and-a-half years, before I sort of accidentally wound up as a law professor. That was a great job. That really was the right place to be for somebody like me, and it was a natural extension of what during this period of time there's a whole group of us in this era that were motivated by the Civil Rights Movement and the anti-war movement. If you became a lawyer, what were you going to do? One logical place was defending poor people as a public defender. And it turned out that they sent all the people that they thought had this kind of political motivation to the Bronx. So we were all there when the Bronx was really -- the Carter Administration designated -- like the most bereft urban neighborhood in the United States. It was a time that they made that movie Fort Apache, and unfortunately many of the neighborhoods looked just like that.
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Fritz Scholder

Native American Artist

Fritz Scholder: It's strange, but all kids draw. I never stopped. I was real shy, and all I wanted to do was stay in my room and draw, so I wouldn't have to deal with people. This, at the time, was difficult. But in retrospect, I always knew what I had to be. There was never any question. It was all that I could do. Plus, I was a rebel, right from the beginning. If someone told me to do something, I'd do the opposite. So I was, in a way, a bad boy in school, and yet, because I was reserved and because of my talent, I was treated pretty nicely, I must say. I sold my first painting in grade school to a friend of mine for four dollars. And I sold my second painting to a grade school buddy for five dollars and slowly worked up from there.
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Fritz Scholder

Native American Artist

Fritz Scholder: Early on, for some reason, I realized that I did not want to live like others. And I saw people go to jobs they hated, come home, and not be happy. I had a problem with authority, so I knew that I couldn't have an eight-to-five job with a boss. But it came early on to me that by being an artist I would have the most freedom. Because an artist not only has to make up his own problem, but then solve it, in whatever way he decides to do that, and it's all up to him.
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