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John Gearhart

Stem Cell Research

I know I didn't want to go back to Western Pennsylvania, a very depressed area. I mean, it was a -- but I really didn't -- and I sort of went along on this -- what I was saying is that the people in this group that I went with, there was 25 or 30 of them; they all went to college, so the thing to do was to go to college. And, I remember the counselor at the time saying, you know, essentially "You are not going to amount to anything." I mean, it was very -- a very hard kind of an institution. You know, "Why waste your money on college."
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Frank Gehry

Award-Winning Architect

Frank Gehry: At first I didn't do great. In fact, I flunked the first class in perspective drawing, and it really got me angry. So I went back the next semester and took it and got an A, and then I had an architecture drafting class, which the teacher and I got along real well. He was an architect. At the same time, I was taking classes at USC, summer classes in ceramics and art, drawing, art design, and the ceramics teacher -- Glen Lukens at the time -- was having a house designed by Raphael Soriano, and Glen somehow looked at me and said, "I just have another hunch." He said, "I would like you to meet Soriano," and I did, and I watched how Soriano -- a guy with a black suit and a black tie and a beret, you know -- I mean, he was a really funny guy. But there was something about it that excited me, maybe the drama of it, maybe the theater of it, and he knew what he was doing. He was very Miesian. He did very stark things, and that all excited me. Based on Glen's recommendation, I took a class at night in architectural design, and I did really well. I was skipped into second year.
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Frank Gehry

Award-Winning Architect

I couldn't afford it, but I made enough scholarships for architect school. Somehow I worked and got through. Then once I got in it, I was off to the races, except the first half of the second year, my teacher came in and called me in and said, "This isn't for you. You're not going to make it," and somehow I worked through that. And that guy works at the airport. I see him every once in a while, the teacher. I mean, he acknowledges his mistake, of course, but it's -- I mean, I just sort of kept going. It was dogged persistence once I got into it.
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Vince Gill

Country Music Hall of Fame

One of the guys in the band was a guy named Tony Brown, who also used to play with Elvis. He was a piano player, and he played with Rodney and Rosanne, and he was also an A&R guy for RCA Records in Nashville. He said, "Man, you need to start making country records!" And so he signed me to RCA in 1983, and I made my first record and not much happened. I made my second record and not much happened. I made my third record and not much happened. And then I got another chance. I moved over to MCA Records a few years later and got another opportunity. You know, I really am grateful for the years of struggle in looking back. I think at the time it was hard, because you feel like you're beating your head against the walls, saying, "Why isn't this working?" You know? Well, maybe if you go around the wall you know, so I found some way to go around the wall. In hindsight, I think all those years of struggle was a humbling experience.
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