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Dan Rather

Broadcast Journalist

Dan Rather: I've always known how lucky I am and how blessed I am in that I knew very early on what I wanted to do. I cannot remember a time when I didn't want to be a reporter. I repeat for emphasis, at that time and place being a reporter meant being a newspaper person. Why this is I've never quite known, but as far back as I can remember in the mists of my childhood, when somebody asked me what I wanted to be, I always said, "I want to be a reporter. I want to work for a newspaper." And when we played those children's games where some people wanted to be a pilot, a butcher, an Indian chief, I always said, you know, "I want to be a newspaper person. I want to be a reporter." I think that's because of my father's passion for newspapers and the fact that newspapers were such a part of our family life.
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Dan Rather

Broadcast Journalist

My mother was extremely determined that I would go to college, and when I got old enough to understand it, she was very rational about why, and she had it right. You know, "Look, in your father's time and your grandfather's time going to college was not an important thing, but in your time it's going to be a really important thing. And besides that, if --" and this is almost word for word -- "If you go to college and you make it, then your brother is very likely to be able to go, and he's going to make it, and if he does then your sister will." Now she had this all figured out in her head, and there's no doubt in my mind if it had not been for her, I wouldn't have gone to college. I might not have finished high school. Although I would say in high school the critical thing was football, that if I hadn't made it in football, I probably would have been gone from high school maybe in the eleventh grade, possibly as early as the tenth. But I wanted to play football so badly and I was beginning to see I just might make it. That, plus my mother's determination, kept me in high school.
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Dan Rather

Broadcast Journalist

Dan Rather: Curiosity and love of the story. What makes a reporter is being curious, wanting to know what's going on, wanting to know how things work, how they really work as opposed to how they may appear to work. You have to be curious to be a good reporter. And I think you have to have a love of stories and story telling. That's one reason why I think an early introduction to books and making yourself a lifetime reader is essential to being a good reporter.
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George Rathmann

Founding Chairman, Amgen

Although you've got these scary ethical issues -- and they really are scary -- dealing with possibly altering human beings and so on. So you know it's very powerful, but the wisdom of people up 'til now has been so clearly demonstrated that it's channeled to doing good. And the good is literally unlimited. Today we know of diseases that we've been studying for years. They've been high priority to solve. I mean, cancer is one. Cardiovascular disease is another. Diabetes, one that we've made a lot of progress on, is another. These diseases, you rank them together and there's lots of different ways of looking at it. One is in terms of the cost to society, which is in the $500 billion range, just in the United States alone. Another is the numbers of individuals that have their life compromised forever, because these are violent diseases that take a terrible toll and so on. You'd say, "Well, can biotech do anything about that?" It will. It will go after every single one of these diseases, and there's progress every day. So the future, I think, is so attractive that I wouldn't like to have every one of these young people go into biotech, because I think they should pick the choices that they should make. They should make the things -- if they want music, they want to be a mystery writer -- and that's the wonderful thing about this conference, that they have stimulus in any direction they need it, and that's wonderful. But I certainly would say that anybody that happens to be fascinated by biotechnology is not going to be disappointed with where it's going to go and how far it's going to get us. I think it's going to be much more a problem-solver than a problem-creator. And it has been up 'til now.
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Lloyd Richards

Tony Award-Winning Director

Lloyd Richards: I remember studying Shakespeare as a young person in school, and I remember an assignment to memorize a soliloquy, which I did. I was asked to stand up in front of the class and do it. I did it and I found myself saying beautiful words, phrases, thoughts that I agreed with, and I found myself expressing myself through someone else's words. There were people there and they responded; a connection was made. And I guess there was a connection made in me, that I felt something, or received something in that. That was deeply satisfying.
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