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Denton Cooley

Pioneer of Heart Transplants

Denton Cooley: At that time, the interest in heart transplantation was waning somewhat, because people were becoming concerned about rejection. And I knew that we were having more difficult time getting donors. And here was a man who needed a transplant. Needed it badly and immediately, and we were having a difficult time getting a donor for him. I did know that if we used this artificial heart, we could use that as a bridge to transplantation, and it might even stimulate the actual donation of an organ. So, when the time came and things became critical with him, we went ahead and used this artificial heart to keep him alive until we could get a donor heart. And it did keep him alive. Unfortunately, he didn't live very long after he had the heart transplantation, because he died of pneumonia. But nevertheless, it demonstrated that the artificial heart could sustain life.
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Denton Cooley

Pioneer of Heart Transplants

Denton Cooley: I think that we are getting closer to solving the problem of malignancies and cancer. And I think that we will probably see some real advances made in that direction in the next decade. I think that, as far as my specialty is concerned, most of the exciting things have been done. We have had so many procedures now to do to the heart, that now we may perfect what we are doing some, but no real exciting breakthroughs like transplantation, open heart surgery, or the artificial heart. I think that most of the publicity and excitement has gone. I think the real practical advances we can look forward to are better methods of diagnosis, enhanced of course, by computers. So computerization pretty soon will be a more standard thing, like x-rays and other things. And it will make the future much better in this field of diagnosis of disease.
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Francis Ford Coppola

Filmmaker, Producer and Screenwriter

Francis Ford Coppola: I was interested in two things, always. One was science, and the stories of the scientists and scientific experimentation. I liked very much to work in a shop down in the basement, and try to invent things and build gadgets. And at the same time I was interested in stories. And I had an older brother who was very interested in literature, and so I had an early exposure to literature, and what have you, and theater. My father sometimes would work in musical comedies, so I would have the opportunity to see musical comedies. Ultimately, those different technical, and sort of story interests -- around high school, or early high school -- I started to do the lighting, work on the lighting of the drama productions, and be around the shows. And so I started to become interested in theater, and I thought I wanted to be a playwright, because I was interested in stories and telling stories.
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Sheryl Crow

Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter

I was not a person growing up that ever thought I was going to be well known or famous, and it was never really interesting to me. I always wanted to be great. I grew up listening to Bob Dylan and to country artists because of where I grew up -- it was all country on the radio -- and most of what I heard was Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams, and then later on, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn. Then I got into these great songwriters, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, and really sort of made a study of it, and really wanted to make an impact, really wanted to be a great songwriter, wanted to write about important things. So the whole fame thing was not ever very interesting, but definitely wanting to matter was more interesting.
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