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Richard Schultes

The Father of Modern Ethnobotany

I may collect 30 or 40 different plants in a morning with the Indians paddling. And, in most cases they would say nothing if I took a plant and put it in the press. But every now and again, one of the -- usually the older men -- would say, "What do you want that plant for?" Now this tipped me off that they had a use of it. But, you don't go right out and say, "What do you use if for?" So, I invented many diseases. They must think my race is more decrepit than it is. And I said, "This plant may be a medicinal plant for my people. We don't have it where I live." They may say nothing. The next day, I would collect it again in another locality. They may say nothing. The third day, I would collect it again, then the curiosity. One of the older men would say, "That's no good for that sickness among your people." And I would ask, "How do you know that?" and he'd reply, "That's because we use it when we have a poison stomach from eating fish that has gone bad." I might have said this might cure a sprain in my knee or my elbow, and they would say, "That won't do any good." Then they get to arguing. The younger boy who is paddling, and the older man that is guiding the canoe, they might have differences of opinion. Then the older man would say, "Don't believe him, he is so young he doesn't really know." Then of course you check in another river with other Indians to see if they have that same use, a different use, or no use. This is very slow work because you have to check.
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Norman Schwarzkopf

Commander, Operation Desert Storm

It's one of the terrible things about this country, that the minute people become public figures, there's members of the press who do everything they can to start destroying them, to tear them down. I never quite understood why. Some of the things, many of the things that have been said about me are just blatantly untrue. Some of the stories in the Gulf were manufactured by members of the press, and they wouldn't let go of them. Even when it was proven to them that the story was untrue, they continued to spread it around anyhow, only because they refused to admit that they might be wrong. So, I think it's too bad that that happens in this country because it keeps an awful lot of good people from serving this country, that otherwise would serve this country. But it goes with the territory. The important thing is, you can't let it get to you. You stay focused on the donut, instead of the hole. I honestly could care less what the press says about me. It's important to me what the American people think about me. And the American people come up and tell me over and over again how they feel about me. And if you stay focused on that - and I would also tell you what's very important to me, most of all, is what my family thinks about me. My family knows me for what I am and who I am, and that's all that counts. Thank God, my kids think I'm a pretty good dad. As long as they believe that, that's good enough for me, I don't need anything else.
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Norman Schwarzkopf

Commander, Operation Desert Storm

Norman Schwarzkopf: I give a lecture and it goes like this to leaders. I say, how many of you people learned something about how to do your present job by screwing it up the first time? I say, my goodness. How can you then possibly say, no mistakes in this outfit? How can you not allow yourself mistakes? You're not giving yourself a freedom to fail because I don't believe in the word failure. You're giving yourself the latitude to learn. I've learned most things I know how to do well, probably, by screwing it up the first time.
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Glenn Seaborg

Discoverer of Plutonium

My father was not able to find employment on any regular basis after the Depression came, and we just had a hard time. My mother had to work. I found jobs of all kinds right from the beginning and very early at UCLA found a position as a laboratory assistant -- I remember at fifty cents an hour and that was even in the middle of my sophomore year. All the way through I earned my money to pay for the -- there was no tuition, but there were incidental fees -- laboratory fees and to buy the books and pay for the transportation.
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