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Story Musgrave

Dean of American Astronauts

Story Musgrave: I came from an extraordinarily dysfunctional family, full of abuse and alcoholism. And eventually everyone within the family had committed suicide. It's hard to say what drives a three year-old, but I think I had a sense that nature was my solace, and nature was a place in which there was beauty, in which there was order. And so, it may well be that I was, in a way, pushed away from the humanity that I was immersed in, out into a very, very serene and comfortable world.
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Story Musgrave

Dean of American Astronauts

I had told the program, "I am unable to do that job in space," because of loose screws and the fact they were not captive. Because of that, we had come up with a set of clips in which you shove the connector down, and the little springs would come over and grab it. And so screws would not be required. A month before we went to go fly, we got the clips and they were the wrong size. We didn't have time to come up with new clips, so we had to go forward with a job which I had told them could not be done. And we went forward and did it anyway. But I was pressed for hours, right at the edge of my ability, to do it. The outcome was in doubt. And with thousands of hours in a suit, that was by far the hardest work that I've ever had to do. It was just gruesome, meticulous work.
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Ralph Nader

Consumer Crusader

Ralph Nader: You always have doubts because you've got a real powerful industry, like the auto industry. But you outfox it. See, they're like big water-logged elephants; they can't move quickly. They can't make decisions quickly when they are challenged, especially when they are not used to being challenged. So you look at it as a real intellectual challenge. The tactic, the strategy, the timing, what reporters you get on your side, what editors, what members of Congress. How do you get a key member of Congress who can lever other members of Congress to do the right thing on this issue? And, it gets very complicated. And you often beat them on weekends. You see, they stop working Friday at 5:00 p.m. And it's on weekends that you really make the difference.
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Paul Nitze

Presidential Medal of Freedom

I lost a lot of money for the firm quite soon. And he (Clarence Dillon) ceased to know who I was. I was a non-person. So, after he threw me out -- I was his personal assistant for some years -- and then suddenly I was a non-person. But, then all the other partners in Dillon Read, who had hated me when I was the boss's white-haired boy, they suddenly decided, "Maybe there is some virtue in this fellow that Dillon has stepped upon mightily." So, they took me up and I became a friend of Jim Forrestal's and Dean Mathey's. And then when he (Forrestal) went to Washington, he took me with him to Washington. That's how I ended up in Washington.
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Paul Nitze

Presidential Medal of Freedom

One time during the Marshall Plan days, when I had to defend the Marshall Plan appropriations before the House Appropriations Committee, I appeared for some, I think it was 38 consecutive sessions before John Taber, who was the chairman of that committee. During that course of those sessions, which were stretched over three or four months, I lost 15 pounds and was a mere wraith of my former self at the end of those hearings. We finally got it approved by the Committee, but that was a long and tedious and hard row to hoe.
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Paul Nitze

Presidential Medal of Freedom

There are those who say that we grossly overestimated the dangers of a Soviet attack. We didn't really think there was going to be a Soviet attack. We knew the damage that they had suffered during World War II and that it was unlikely that they would wish to physically attack Europe. The question was really one of a longer range question. Weren't they really dedicated to the idea that the world as a whole needed to end up with one side or the other being victorious? This was certainly the essence of Marxist-Leninism that either they or we were going to win in the long run and they were dedicated to the proposition that the world should be a socialist, a Communist world. Now, were we right in estimating that that was their long range doctrine? I think everything we found since confirms that that was true. It wasn't a matter of immediate risk of war, it was what was the whole campaign aimed at. And, I don't think we got that wrong. So, I don't see how one could have had another option other than to maintain deterrence during that long period, and do what was necessary and in order to contain the Soviet Union and keep it from expanding further.
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