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Thomas Starzl

Father of Modern Transplantation

Thomas Starzl: I had so much work down there over a period of two years that I did something like 1,000 majors a year for two years. And normally you go through a surgical training program and if you end up doing 100 majors that would be considered quite enough. And most of those cases, I was doing what I was doing without any supervision. But I was prepared for that, because I had already spent four years at Johns Hopkins. I had already had the equivalent of a normal surgical training program. So I didn't have any uneasy feelings about shouldering the responsibility, but just the mere root volume was such that I got to the point where I really didn't want to operate anymore. And I never wanted to do high volume surgery from that time onward, even though I was eventually forced into that situation, most acutely after I had come here. When we were doing procedures that weren't being done any place else in the country, or for that matter in the world, now the volume came up again, just as it had way back then.
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Thomas Starzl

Father of Modern Transplantation

You have to concede that the acquisition of skill is a big deal. And Miami was a place where the skill level went from -- and confidence level -- went from here up to here, especially when I had come to realize that I was getting as referrals -- I was a resident there, but I was getting referrals from people all over town, all over Miami -- of difficult cases, so that certain operations were available in Miami only if I did them. But that's just the acquisition of skill. The lasting trail that began in Miami was the research that I had done there in dogs, in a makeshift laboratory that was created by stealing stuff from -- the equipment maybe, and fluids for IV treatment -- and I did some experiments with the liver that eventually resulted in the development of liver transplantation. In fact, the first steps were taken in Miami. So as soon as I left Miami and went to Chicago I picked up where I had left off in Miami.
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Thomas Starzl

Father of Modern Transplantation

Thomas Starzl: I think the more important skills, manual skills, were developed more by being a printer. I learned how to be a printer. And 70 years ago, most typing, except for linotyping -- you wouldn't even know what that is, I'm sure, but linotyping was a process where you typed a script, whatever was going to be in the newspapers. But it was typed with a system different than a typewriter. So linotypers were very special people that had their own alphabet, their own keyboard. So I learned how to linotype, which in a way was a disadvantage because I learned a form of typing that doesn't exist today, is not the kind that people took up with their Olivettis.
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Martha Stewart

Multi-Media Lifestyle Entrepreneur

I really found that I was drawn to what I call my mentors. I have developed over the years a whole group of important people, people important to me that I consider mentors. Now, they may be the gardener in the estate down the road. They may be a farmer who milks his cows. They may be a very special professor. All different kinds of people fall into this group of what I call my mentors. It may be someone I've never met, but only read, like Garcia Marquez. One of my dreams is to meet him. But those are my mentors. George Eliot, the great novelist. Jane Austen is a mentor of mine, in terms of language. So, I've informally constructed this structure in my life of mentors.
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Martha Stewart

Multi-Media Lifestyle Entrepreneur

We had a lot of chores at our house, a tremendous number of chores, but we were always granted the time to read. And I had a reading chair that I sat in and read in. I also had a favorite tree that I sat in and read in. It sounds a little idyllic, sort of Mark Twainish, but it was true. I would find a quiet place. On Sunday mornings, because we had such chaos around our house, everybody running and getting dressed to go to church and everything, I sat in the car and read. I read everything. I read from A to Z in the Stockton Room. I just started on the As and went all the way through.
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James Stockdale

Medal of Honor

I could fly over South Vietnam the year before and see all the little skirmishes going on, including sometimes American soldiers and marines, and flying American airplanes, but they were really "noncombatants." I could see all of this thing. I said, "Listen, if we come over here, we're supposed to be up here looking for MIGs. They're not going to fly a MIG down here over South Vietnam, and it's just foolish because they don't have enough planes to do what you do if you wanted to get involved in one of these hassles." You could see three wars going on at almost any time below you. You would see lines of firing men firing at each other. You go 50 or 100 miles on and there's another one going on. South Vietnam was alive with ammunition expenditure.
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