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Thomas Keller

Culinary Hall of Fame

I was working as a young cook in a private club in Narragansett, Rhode Island called the Dunes Club. And I was working for a chef who was a presence in and of himself. He was tall, masculine, broad, a good-looking Frenchman who was the executive chef of this private club. And during my time working for him -- and of course I was just a lowly cook so I'm not sure why I was having this kind of conversations with him -- but the conversations were really about cooks and our career and our profession. And he said to me one day, he said, "You know, Thomas, the reason cooks cook is really to nurture people." And at that moment that really resonated with me and I said, "Wow, I want to become a chef."
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Thomas Keller

Culinary Hall of Fame

In the early '70s, when I really started cooking, for me it was really about the process. It was about the engagement with others. It was about that physical activity that was so compelling for me. You know, working with a group of other young men in a line, in a high-stress environment where it's very intense and you're cooking food. I mean it's actually performing, and it's a function, and it's physical. Testosterone is raging and you're with all these -- it's a group. It's really, that's where I learned about the idea of being a team as it relates to a sports franchise. So at that time, cooking wasn't as recognized or as popular as it is today. There weren't really a lot of people who had aspirations of becoming a chef. So the schools that we did have were relatively new. Of course we had the Culinary Institute of America, which began in the mid-'40s after World War II. We had Johnson and Wales. We had The Greenbrier, which had a qualified externship program. Of course there were the schools, some schools in France, but they were mostly focused on consumers, mostly housewives on vacation who wanted to learn how to cook, as Julia Child certainly did when she went to Le Cordon Bleu. So for me, there wasn't really a lot of awareness about opportunities outside of learning the trade in a kitchen. So that's where I chose to go. I chose to go into the kitchen. But it wasn't because I wanted to have a career in the profession, in the culinary profession. It was because of the excitement of working with a team of peers and that physical activity of being on a team.
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Jeong Kim

President Emeritus of Bell Labs

I saw what Steve Wozniak was doing at that time, the development of Apple Computers, and I was really fascinated by it. As a matter of fact, I thought that will change the world, and I wanted to build my own computer. I wasn't sure that I could, but I was really fascinated and dreamed of doing something like that. But you know, I didn't have time to do anything, I just dreamed. But when I went to college, you know, for those things you've got a lot more time, because I got a scholarship. So, I didn't have immediate worry as far as feeding myself.
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Jeong Kim

President Emeritus of Bell Labs

I wanted to be a major player, even when I was thinking about computers and Steve Jobs and what he was doing, and Bill Gates wasn't really moving at that time. Steve Jobs was really making headway. I thought, "If he could do it, why can't I do it?" So, in some ways, I feel that if you can put together a good group of people -- it's not just one person -- and work together, you can create a world class organization, and I thought I could do that.
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James V. Kimsey

Founding Chairman,
America Online

I think, among all the things that happened during that year, it gave me an opportunity to live in a village with Vietnamese people, speak the language, get to know the people as a people, understand the nature of that conflict. And, despite the sometimes horrible incidences that occurred, I look back on that year particularly as a real growth year for myself. That I was responsible for about 100,000 square miles and 100,000 people. And, irrespective of what our policy was towards those people, I felt it was my job to protect them. And, in the process I got to know them. We built an orphanage which still exists.
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James V. Kimsey

Founding Chairman,
America Online

The potential for the Vietnamese people being one of our best allies in that part of the world is enormous. And, I think we're myopic not to take advantage of it. I think it's in both the Vietnamese and our best interest. Some would say less in the Vietnamese best interest because they have a very fragile and intricate social architecture that reveres their elders and has a reverence also for education. And, some think that Hollywood is now going to accomplish in Vietnam what our military failed to accomplish 30 years ago.
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