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Nicholas Kristof

Journalist, Author & Columnist

Nicholas Kristof: There's a local newspaper that came out initially twice a week, later three times a week, called the News Register in McMinnville, Oregon. And when I turned 16 and got my driver's license, then I signed up to write for them. And the editor of it, he knew that -- it's a farming area -- that he needed to cover farming, but he didn't know anything about it. And as a result, he couldn't actually determine I didn't know anything about it either. So as a high school student I covered farming in the area, and again, I just found it extraordinary to run around, talk to people, find out about things that were interesting, and then get paid for it. So that was a major step along my road to being a journalist.
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Nicholas Kristof

Journalist, Author & Columnist

Nicholas Kristof: I have a lot of wanderlust. I had found, really when I was at Oxford, just the excitement of entering different worlds, different cultures. On my first vacation from Oxford, that's when I got stuck behind martial law in Poland, and then at the end of that trip I went to Morocco. I remember waking up in the morning and hearing the call of the muezzin from the mosque, the call to prayer, and just feeling it was really a different civilization, being really excited by that. So I tended to do a lot of traveling from Oxford, and I found it in many ways a better learning experience than anything that I had done in the classroom. And that was one of the -- again -- the attractions of journalism. The sense that if you want to learn about the world, that one of the best ways to do that is journalism, rather than through the academic route.
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Mike Krzyzewski

Collegiate Basketball Champion

Mike Krzyzewski: The thing I loved the most -- and still love the most about teaching -- is that you can connect with an individual or a group, and see that individual or group exceed their limits. You feel like you've been a part of them, you become something bigger than yourself. I really love that. I'm passionate about it, and I've seen that happen for me personally, so I want to do it with other people.
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Mike Krzyzewski

Collegiate Basketball Champion

Mike Krzyzewski: Basketball was not my main sport in grade school, or even the first year of high school. I was actually a good athlete, a real good athlete in my neighborhood. When I went to high school, an all-boys' school, a Catholic school, I tried out for football, and I didn't make it. It was the first time, athletically, that I was knocked down. Then I went into basketball, and all of a sudden, I said, "Well I'm going to make it," and I kind of focused on basketball. As a result, I started to love basketball, and I played it all the time.
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Charles Kuralt

A Life On the Road

I couldn't wait for school to be out so that I could go uptown, about a mile away and go to work. I loved working. And, I suppose I was, in that way, a little bit of what would be called today a nerd. I didn't have girlfriends and really I wasn't a very social boy. But, I just loved writing and working at the radio station. I missed a good deal, I think. I certainly didn't pay as much attention in class as I should have. My family would take family vacations, but I'd always stay home, because I didn't want to miss out on the work. So, I know that I paid a little bit of a price as a look back on it for this passion for working which I had when I was a kid.
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Charles Kuralt

A Life On the Road

I keep coming back to the passion for what I was doing. That was the overwhelming thing to me. Not where I worked or where I lived or how high I rose in the profession, but just the joy of carrying my portable typewriter to an event and trying to describe it. That was something I became pretty good at and naturally, when you're good at something, you love doing it. I think that must be true of physicists and of medical doctors and of musicians, all fields in which I am abysmally ignorant. But, I imagine that it's that enthusiasm, that passion for what you're doing that is most important in one's career.
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