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Mohamed ElBaradei

Nobel Prize for Peace

I wanted to be directly involved in my society, where I grew up, but things were just too tough, and I didn't see how I could do much with the policy of socialism which basically gave very little for private practice for a lawyer to be able to work and express himself, and I thought for a while, maybe diplomacy will give me the opportunity to go abroad, to see an alternative lifestyle and see what I can learn. Eventually, I thought I should learn, through diplomacy, through living abroad, and then come back to Egypt and be able to effect change.
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Mohamed ElBaradei

Nobel Prize for Peace

Mohamed ElBaradei: My first mission -- I was a young diplomat there -- and I was looking into the UN budget, the UN management. I was assigned also to look at the legal aspect of working, treaty-making. I was also looking into or giving a glimpse into the effort to control nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. It was a variety of experience. I was an apprentice at that time, and that is usually very helpful because you don't have the responsibility. You can just sit in the corner and look at what other people are doing, and learning by watching people doing, going around their job.
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Mohamed ElBaradei

Nobel Prize for Peace

It was fantastic for me as a young diplomat to sit in meetings with Henry Kissinger, going through his shuttle diplomacy, going to a meeting in the Oval Office with President Carter, going to see a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Russia -- Gromyko. I was all over the place, seeing people at the very high level of diplomacy, watching carefully, seeing how people negotiate, how people interact, how people cut a deal, and I would say these three, four years in working as a special assistant, as a confidante to the Foreign Minister of Egypt -- Mr. (Ismail) Fahmi at that time -- was crucial in getting the practical experience, how nations and people interact, and you realize at the end of the day how important the psychology is.
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Larry Ellison

Founder & CEO, Oracle Corporation

Larry Ellison: Relational database technology was invented by a guy by the name of Ted Codd at IBM. It's based on relational algebra and relational calculus. It is a very mathematically rigorous form of data management that we can prove mathematically to be functionally complete. This work was done in the early seventies by an IBM fellow by the name of Ted Codd. He published his papers, and really, based on those publications, Oracle decided to see if we (we were four guys) couldn't beat IBM to market with this technology, based on the published IBM research papers. And in fact we did.
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Larry Ellison

Founder & CEO, Oracle Corporation

Larry Ellison: I think learning how to program is a wonderful discipline. Computers are unforgivingly logical, and they'll do exactly what you tell them. It's a wonderful training to learn how to program a computer. I would encourage people to take this up.
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Nora Ephron

Humorist, Novelist, Screenwriter and Director

Nora Ephron: It was a great job. It was fantastic. I covered everything there was to cover. I covered politics and murders and trials and movie stars and President's daughters' weddings. It was a very small staff. There was a lot of news. You were allowed to write very much with a sense of humor and a certain amount of derision even. We were not The New York Times, and we knew that, and it was a great way to become a writer because you could really find your voice.
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Nora Ephron

Humorist, Novelist, Screenwriter and Director

At a certain point, you get to a place where you kind of know what you're doing, and you kind of know that you're going to be repeating yourself if you go on doing it much longer. So when the chance to do something else comes along, you go, "Well this might be fun. This might be interesting." And it was interesting, 'cause I really didn't know what I was doing, writing screenplays. I wrote quite a few before one got made. I didn't have a screenplay made until Silkwood was made, and that was -- I was 40 or so, about 40 or 41, and until I worked with Mike Nichols on that screenplay -- it wasn't that Alice Arlen and I hadn't written a good script, but then I got to go to school by working with Mike, because he was so brilliant at working with you on script, and the realization that I had known so little and was learning so much working with him was amazing.
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Nora Ephron

Humorist, Novelist, Screenwriter and Director

We were shooting this scene in Texas, where we were shooting it, and I arrived at the set, and Mike Nichols -- who is a brilliant man, but doesn't know everything -- had put all the people in the scene -- the union people and the management people -- at a round table, because he wanted to shoot at a round table, and I said, "No, no, no, no, no. You can't do that. It's a union negotiation. It has got to be a rectangular table." Now, that's a very simple thing, but we would have looked foolish, and I was the only person on a set of 60 people who had ever been in a union negotiation, because I had been on the Newspaper Guild negotiating committee at the New York Post. That's the kind of stuff you have to know. If you want to go into the movie business, what are you going to write a movie about when you're 22 years old? I'll tell you what. You're going to write your coming-of-age movie, and then you're going to write your summer camp movie, and then you're going to be out of things, because nothing else will have happened to you. So, I think it's very good to become a journalist.
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