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Alberto Gonzales

Former Attorney General of the United States

I really began wondering whether or not I should pursue a military career. I realized as I was taking some of my history courses and political science courses at the Academy, this was something that I had more of an interest in. And so I thought about applying to a school, Rice University in Houston, and this was a school I did used to dream about attending when I was a small boy, because when I was 12 and 13, I got a job selling soft drinks at their football games, Rice University football games. And I would watch the students stroll back to the campus, their dorm, and I would dream about what it would be like to be a student there. But that was it, it was just a dream. But when I was at the Academy and began thinking about my future, I sort of put it in God's hands and applied to transfer to one school, and that was Rice. And if I got accepted, then I knew it was meant to be to go back home to Houston and maybe pursue a career in law, and if I wasn't accepted, then I would stay at the Academy -- and hopefully at the time, I was very interested in becoming a fighter pilot -- and so I was accepted, and then I transferred to Rice University.
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Alberto Gonzales

Former Attorney General of the United States

I remember once when I was campaigning to remain on the Texas Supreme Court, this was in 2000 -- and I was being interviewed by the Houston Chronicle (editorial) board, and they asked me, "Why in the world are you doing this? Why did you even go into public service? You were at Vincent and Elkins, you were doing great, and now you're out here having to ask for our endorsement in order to remain on the bench for a salary that's well beneath what you were earning before." And I told the story that if you go into the office of the Texas Secretary of State, there is this lobby, and on the walls are the pictures of all of the former secretaries of state, and I said, "You know, at some point in time, my children's' children and their children are going to be able to walk into that office, and they will never have known me, but they'll know that their grandfather or great-grandfather was the Secretary of State," and I said that was important for me. Not because it's important to be remembered, but I think it's important to make a difference in one's life and to make a mark. And so if I can do something to have shown that I made a difference, that I made a mark in the history of this world, to me, that's important. That's good stuff.
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Alberto Gonzales

Former Attorney General of the United States

Well, primarily, I would love to be remembered as a good husband, a loving father. You know, I want to be a successful Attorney General. It's too great an opportunity to squander. It would be a shame to be given this position with these authorities and not do something pretty terrific for our country. Our President, during our second cabinet meeting, told his cabinet that he didn't want us to play little ball. He wanted us to play big ball, to do great things, to be bold, and that's what I intend to do. We're here to do something, to leave a mark, and I hope to do that as Attorney General.
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Jane Goodall

The Great Conservationist

Since then I've been traveling the world, going in wider and wider circles, trying to raise awareness about the situation we've plunged the planet into, starting with the plight of the chimpanzees, learning more about the plight of the forest, realizing more about the problems of Africa. Realizing how many of those could be laid at the door of the developed world and our unsustainable lifestyles, and our greed in taking more of the resources than is our fair share, and the other elite communities around the world, including in Africa. Learning how everything is interrelated, learning more that made me realize, "Well, I have to spend time in the U.S., I have to spend time in Europe. I must spend more time in Asia." So it's become a ridiculous lifestyle, traveling 300 days a year.
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Jane Goodall

The Great Conservationist

George and I felt strongly that everything was interconnected. There was no point dealing with health unless you dealt with the environment. There was no point dealing with water programs unless you're also dealing with food, and so on. And it's been one of the most successful programs of it's kind in Africa. We're replicating it. And I think one reason for its success is, never did white people go into a village and say, "Well, you've got yourselves in a mess. This is what we're going to do to help you." It was a Tanzanian team from the very start. We still have that same team today, all these years later, who went into the village and sat down in the traditional African way to listen to the problems and to ask the people what they thought would make their lives better. And what was it? Was it conservation? No. It was education for their children and health. So that's where we began, working with local Tanzanian authorities.
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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Pulitzer Prize for History

I think I was so aware of the privilege of having this man, for some reason, having chosen me to talk to. He talked to me about his mother, his father, his dreams, his sadnesses. And I realized that it was just a pretty lucky thing in some ways that he had chosen me to be there in those last years, and use that information for that first book on Lyndon Johnson. I think from then on, it made me want to understand the private side of the public figures, because I'd had that connection with this first one I ever knew. So the kind of books that I wrote from then on were not simply the public sides of President Kennedy or President Roosevelt, but really what their lives were like in the White House at the same time.
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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Pulitzer Prize for History

There were enemies. There were people in the South who didn't want the blacks registered to vote. But more importantly, there was a sense of a brotherhood, of working for a goal that you knew was an important goal, that the country itself would be made better, and you were doing something not just for yourself, but something larger than yourself. That makes you feel bigger somehow.
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