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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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Julius Erving

The Great and Wondrous Dr. J

I always had to keep in mind that I'm here because I do have a talent, and some aspects of it are unique. I should keep that in my mind, not feel that I'm here because people just like me, and because I'm a nice guy. Sometimes I will be treated differently by a lot of people because of that talent, but don't let that become a distraction, and don't be deceived by that. See if for what it is, and then play the hand out. So much of becoming a good athlete involves bringing other things to the table, other than physical skills. It involves intelligence, it involves many of the things that you learn during the process of being educated. How to analyze, how to assess, how to equate, how to reason. This is what the whole elementary, and secondary, and even the college educational process is all about -- teaching you and preparing you to be able to deal with what you ultimately have to deal with in life. Even though I was dealing with sports, which many people feel is totally physical, that people don't have to think, everything is done for you and you're catered to, I found that to be so far removed from the truth that it's almost a joke. The ones who become stars or superstars are the ones who have a head on their shoulders and know how to use it.
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Julius Erving

The Great and Wondrous Dr. J

I think as a youngster the work ethic was there, practicing hard and being dedicated and not, by nature, being a complainer. My teammates have always related to me in that way. I think probably the best compliment I've ever received from a teammate was what Henry Bibby told me after we had played together for two seasons in Philadelphia. He said, "Of all the guys that I've ever played with, I don't know if you're the best that I've ever played with, but I know you come to play every night. And because of that, I feel like we always have a chance of winning." I thought it was a great compliment.
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