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Steve Case

Co-Founder, America Online

From a relatively early age I got interested in business. I'm not sure I knew what an entrepreneur was when I was ten, but I knew that starting little businesses and trying to sell greeting cards or newspapers door-to-door or just vending machine kind of thing is -- there's just something very intriguing to me about that. So I think relatively early on I probably was on a path to be more of an entrepreneur, and I think everybody in my family kind of sensed that.
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Steve Case

Co-Founder, America Online

The resources you happen to accumulate, what do you do with them? You can spend the money and buy some houses or whatever, and people do some of that and that's fine. You can give the money to other people, either your family -- but usually when you do that you screw them up and it ends up not being a particularly -- it's well intended but often counterproductive. Or, you take those resources and reinvest them in things that you believe in, and that could be reinvesting in a philanthropic cause. That could be reinvesting in business causes or trying to look at it through more of a hybrid approach, which is my inclination, but I do feel a sense of responsibility. People often ask me whether I would want to move into the more formal kind of government role or public service, and I guess never say never, but my preference would be to try to figure out a way through this prism, this platform, building on my interests and strengths. Maybe there's a way I can leave the world a better place than I found it, but in a different way, and that's what I'm going to be continuing to work on in the years to come.
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Johnny Cash

Country Music Legend

Johnny Cash: I think the first time I knew what I wanted to do with my life was when I was about four years old. I was listening to an old Victrola, playing a railroad song. The song was called, "Hobo Bill's Last Ride." And I thought that was the most wonderful, amazing thing that I'd ever seen. That you could take this piece of wax and music would come out of that box. From that day on, I wanted to sing on the radio. That was the big thing when I was growing up, singing on the radio. The extent of my dream was to sing on the radio station in Memphis. Even when I got out of the Air Force in 1954, I came right back to Memphis and started knocking on doors at the radio station.
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Dale Chihuly

Master Glass Artist

I always liked stained glass. But I always say, take a little kid down to the beach, you're walking along the beach, you're picking up shells, rocks, beautiful things, and then there's a little bit of stained glass, a little bit of broken bottle -- blue, cobalt blue, green, some colors sitting there. The little kid is going to go for the glass every time, over the shells, over anything. It's the same thing as a diamond down there, almost. I mean, if you look at the fascination we have for gems, that every culture has had. And glass is almost the same thing, I mean, it almost looks in some cases it looks better. It's just the light going through this colored material. There are very few transparent materials. Plastic is one of the only other ones, and people don't like plastic very much, unfortunately. I like plastic, and I'd like to work with it more, but people really don't like it. There's no history.
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Dale Chihuly

Master Glass Artist

Walk into any cathedral, walk into one of the great cathedrals of Europe, it's got a stained glass window up there. There isn't anybody going to walk in there that doesn't think about that window, comment about the color. Probably remember the window more than anything in the church. And that's the same idea, light through glass. Doesn't take very much, either. You can see a square inch of red 300 feet away. That's all it would take to see this beautiful color. So I guess it's color and form. If you add glassblowing to it, now you can make things very quickly with almost no materials at all. I mean, no tools. The way I work is very fast, and with a lot of natural elements like centrifugal force and gravity and fire, and you're forming this thing, and it's moving, it's alive. And if you're watching it, you're completely mesmerized as well. Not only the person making it, but the person watching it, they can stand there for hours and watch you. And there's something sort of magical about it: the way it's done, what it looks like when it's finished, the way it goes from liquid to solid. Glass is described scientifically as a super-cooled liquid when it's hard. Even that is sort of screwed up. There's just something totally unique about the material and the way it's worked.
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