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John Grisham

Best-Selling Author

We moved a lot when I was a kid, throughout the deep South. We would always go to a new town and go to the library, get our library cards and load up with books. And we spent our time reading, reading to each other. And my mother spent a lot of time reading to us. I've always had a love for books and a love for literature and a love for reading. Oddly, I never thought about writing until late in life.
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John Grisham

Best-Selling Author

The first book I remember that really grabbed me was a book that Miss McGuffey made us read, a book called Tortilla Flat by Steinbeck. And when I read it, I really enjoyed the book. And so I went to her and said, "This is really -- I like this." And she was shocked that I would show any interest in what she was making us do. So she said, okay, read this. And the next one was Of Mice and Men. So she sort of fed the Steinbeck books to me. When I read The Grapes of Wrath -- we saved that for last -- I knew that was a very powerful book. And I don't know if it had anything to do with my writing style, or me as a writer, because I wasn't thinking about it back then. It had a lot to do with the way I viewed humanity and the struggles of little people against big people. It was a very important book for me.
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Dorothy Hamill

Olympic Hall of Fame

Dorothy Hamill: My mother got up at 4:00 in the morning. I give her so much more credit today. You know, at the time I was just a kid. Well, that's what, you know, mom is doing. She got up and she'd make breakfast for me and bring it up to me in bed and wake me up and lay my clothes out and help me put them on. And then she'd go warm up the car. You know, in the wintertime it was freezing outside. She'd go down, start the car so I'd get into a warm car. I mean, she treated me like a little princess. And it was what I wanted to do. I didn't really -- a couple of the kids asked me today, you know, "Do you feel as though you missed out on anything in childhood because of your sacrifices?" Absolutely not. I loved it. Skating was the perfect excuse not to have to go to a friend's house, you know, for a sleep over. Not that I didn't have friends or didn't like my friends. I had a couple of very close friends. And I was always being invited to sleep overs and things. I just didn't want to go. So it was the perfect excuse. And you know, I think a lot of that was the shyness. But my mom sacrificed; I didn't sacrifice anything. I just was passionate, you know, it's all that passion.
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Scott Hamilton

Olympic Hall of Fame

I didn't really think that I was gifted or I didn't really think that I was super talented. I was just lucky to have a body that was the right proportion to pick up skating because I was pretty agile. And, the fact that I liked to show off and be the center of attention really lends itself to figure skating very well. But, I never really thought that I would be extraordinarily successful at skating. It's just something that happened, you know. And you get to a level of expertise or you get to a level competitively and you just try to be as good as you can be. I started winning competitions and I started improving in spurts that were really pretty fortunate because I was at a technical level that was higher than the rest of the guys that were my age, which happened kind of all at once. They were way ahead of me, then I caught up all at once.
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Scott Hamilton

Olympic Hall of Fame

I started skating and I kind of liked it because I could run circles around the guys that wouldn't pick me to play baseball. "We don't want him. He's too short. He can't hit the ball over second base." But I could skate circles around them. And I ended up playing hockey just out of peer pressure. I didn't want to be the sissy figure skater, you know. So I played hockey for three years and I did quite well. It's just a big man's sport, you know, and I really was undersized. So, figure skating was a great vehicle for me to kind of be competitive at something without having to be big.
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Scott Hamilton

Olympic Hall of Fame

Scott Hamilton: I never want to be President of the United States. I never want a 9 to 5 job. I never want to win an Academy Award. I never want to win a Nobel Prize. I never want to win a Pulitzer Prize. That's for other people. I want to entertain.
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