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Julius Erving

The Great and Wondrous Dr. J

I grabbed 19 rebounds in my first professional game, and somehow found a way to score 20 points. I felt real good about it. I felt that this was the beginning of something good. It was something that I had dreamed about as a kid, something that I didn't think was promised me, and I was never sure that it would happen. Yet it was happening, yet I was here, and yet it was reality, and now it was time to see what I was made of, and what I was about. It became a real good experience. All the things that followed after, in 16 years of playing: the play-offs, and the excitement of championship play, and the frustration of getting knocked out, and the frustration of injuries, and pain, and becoming close to teammates and then they get traded. The transition from playing with three different teams during 16 years, all those things. I don't think any of those things excited me as much as the first game. Because, once again, I kind of programmed myself: "This is a business."
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Paul Farmer

Founder, Partners in Health

Paul Farmer: The most satisfying things that I've done -- I'd like to use first person plural -- that we've done, have been in service of other people. It shouldn't be a secret. A lot of people say things like that. You can do all kinds of different things. Think of other people you've interviewed, or will be interviewing. Clearly, their areas of achievement are from all over the map. But whether you're involved in basic science, or public health, or justice, it's really, focusing on other people is a very satisfying thing to do. I mean that's something that I would encourage anybody's children or grandchildren is, get involved in work that is of utility to other people. And it doesn't have to be your whole life, know what I mean? Say for example, you're running a successful business somewhere. I'm not saying, give up your successful business and go be a social worker in -- name the -- you know, Los Angeles or Lisutu or whatever. What I'm saying is, some part of everybody's life ought to be focused on this kind of work, 'cause it's satisfying. That's just, I think, good advice.
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Suzanne Farrell

Ballerina Extraordinaire

We were very much in love with each other in many ways. And I think that if it hadn't been that way we wouldn't have gone on to do the work that we did. We were both very professional. He could work with other people, and I could work with other people, but it was important in the whole scheme of things that we have this great love for each other. And it was devastating at times, but I tell you, I wouldn't trade it for the world. I wouldn't change any of my life. I'd live it all over again the same way.
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