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Jeong Kim

President of Bell Labs

Jeong Kim: It became very obvious to me that the communications revolution was going to be even bigger than the computer revolution. People use this device to compute and make your life a little easier, but then still people need to talk and people need to work together, and that's where the communications comes. And, with the computer and the telephony merging together, there's got to be some smarter way of doing that.
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Jeong Kim

President of Bell Labs

In order to go from where we are today, where we need to go - to the future networks, there has to be some sort of technological migration path. Most companies basically want to leapfrog, and I thought that was the wrong thing. That was a historian's view. "Revolution" itself is a historian's view, because it's going to take that much longer. From a businessman's perspective, we need a communication "evolution." So, somebody needs to show the migration path.
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James V. Kimsey

Founding Chairman,
America Online

We put a lot of resources into the Newton thinking that people would carry a hand-held device around. We clearly were premature in that regard, the Newton came and went. We learned a lot. Although some would say we wasted those resources, I think we learned a lot. I think the hand-held device will be with us. I think we need to understand how people are going to use it, how we can provide the service that we provide through hand-held devices. I think at some point you'll walk into a room, there will be a flat screen on the wall and you will say, "Turn on," and it will recognize your voice and turn on. Say "Show me my bank account," it'll do that. It will show you your mail; it will show you your stockbroker's account.
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James V. Kimsey

Founding Chairman,
America Online

I'm doing projects in Washington, D.C., about what's wrong with the educational system and how it can be fixed. And, how you can reach these kids who, I think, are going to represent -- they're going to be the kids that hijack your car. And, if you don't reach out to them early on they're going to recognize that we have a great proliferation of wealth in the country and they're not participating. If you don't reach out to them and try to help them, I think it's going to be at your long-term peril. I think as a social obligation, it's not something that a government is particularly well organized or well resourced to do. I think Corporate America has that responsibility primarily, in my mind.
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B.B. King

King of the Blues

I used to think then that when I got older, being that preacher and what have you, I was going to have me a little farm. Not a plantation, a little farm. I could picture seeing myself plowing, my mule or on my tractor. Picture seeing a beautiful woman with my two or three kids coming out, bringing me some water to the farm where I'm working at. I don't want her to work. I want to work for her. I want her to come up and bring me my little kids, bring me some water or a piece of pie or something. Those were my dreams, not this. Those were my dreams, but when this did start to happen, and when I started to feel for real that I could do what I was doing, the way the people treated me, I was sort of like a guest at someone's home. I don't want to do anything to make them not be happy that they have a guest, me.
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B.B. King

King of the Blues

I happen to think that the great spirit God made us all, put us all here for a reason. And all of us have something to do, and I think we have -- there's a word I used to hear a lot called "Your Brother's Keeper." So I believe that I am my brother's keeper. So, I think that there's a place for playing the guitar. There's a place for singing the blues. I'm harming nobody. People used the word quite often -- there was a word, I guess, that came from the early slaves, when a person sang blues as I do or did, they call it "singing them old reels." Now I haven't found out yet what that meant, "the reels," but I do know what they meant when they said "the Devil's music." But, I started thinking to myself, and I still do, they don't equate a bus driver or a truck driver or the guy plowing the mules with working for the Devil. Why do my singing and my playing have to be working for the Devil? I tell stories like other people do in song. So, I started thinking, you know, maybe they got something for themselves, but I don't see where I'm doing anything wrong to anyone, so why shouldn't I? And, I started to work on it.
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B.B. King

King of the Blues

I have learned that blues singing is just like singing any other kind of song. You still try to tell the story. Your story may not be as -- shall we say -- some of the love songs that's written by a lot of the great singers, or great writers I should say, but you have a soul, you have a heart, you have a feeling and your music is life. Life as we've lived it in the past, life as we're living it today, and life as I believe we'll live tomorrow, because it has to do with people, places and things. If it's a man, we think in terms of the lady, the opposite sex. If it's a woman she thinks in terms of the man, but it's still love, even though we call it blues. The myth is everybody thinks it's all sad because it started from the slaves. That is a myth. Some of it is, but tell me what music doesn't have some sadness in it, and then I'll try to learn a little bit more about the blues.
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