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Frederick W. Smith

Founder, Federal Express

By the early '70s when I'd gotten out of the service it was very clear that this new society was coming in earnest. And so, at that point I said, "What the hell, let's try to put it together." And that's how FedEx came to be. And then from that point forward, the requirements for this type of system were so profound and so big, really for the next 25 years to this date we've simply been running just to keep up with the requirements. And that's what led to the hundreds of planes and the thousands of trucks. I wish it was something that I could say I was so smart. It was just like Pogo the Possum said, "If you want to be a great leader, find a big parade and run in front of it." And that's what we've been doing for the last quarter century.
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Frederick W. Smith

Founder, Federal Express

Frederick Smith: I was very convinced that the idea was the central feature of the new economy. That without a system like this, it simply wasn't going to be able to work. So I was, in every sense of the word, a zealot. I mean, I felt very strongly that this needed to be done, that it was something that would be extremely useful to people and that it would make the economy and the society and the system work much better than it would work absent that.
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Stephen Sondheim

Award-winning Composer and Lyricist

The primary thing about Hal (Prince), for me, is his enthusiasm, and impatience. I'm a low flame and he's a high flame, and that's one of the things that makes us a good team. Coming away from any meeting with Hal, or a discussion on the phone, or anything like that, I always want to write. And in the case of Company Some of the shows I did with Hal, he was very much responsible for the building and the growth of the show. Some, like Sweeney Todd or Night Music, were just shows that were sort of brought to him. But Company Follies was brought to him. Jim Goldman and I brought it to him. But then he had a take on how to stage it, which then affected the writing. So the thing is, it's primarily about stimulation, and of course his theatrical imagination. I mean, apart from the skill too. But in terms of the personal.
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Stephen Sondheim

Award-winning Composer and Lyricist

It's fun. I mean, if you like doing it. Otherwise, why are you doing it? It's "Finishing the Hat." It's all in "Finishing the Hat." It's all about trancing out, and when you trance out properly, when the writing is it's not necessarily going well, but when you're completely in that world, there is no other world, and so there's no conflict.
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Wole Soyinka

Nobel Prize for Literature

Wole Soyinka: From childhood, I'd always been interested in theater. I used to gather my siblings and perform sketches based on stories, folktales, and sometimes even improvised comic turns in which we mimicked the adults around us and their peculiar ways and so on. And then I took part in a school operetta quite early, very early. I took the lead part. It was called The Magician. And so I'd always been -- and around, as you already remarked, around me was theater, different theater forms.
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Wole Soyinka

Nobel Prize for Literature

Wole Soyinka: Most exciting moment? I assure you it was not the Nobel thing. Maybe people think a prize like that should count, but no, not at all. I would say, if I directed a play on stage, and I see the excited face of my company, when they really feel they've pulled off something, and I've also got the same vibrations from the audience. I think that's when I really feel very fulfilled.
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