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Nora Ephron

Humorist, Novelist, Screenwriter and Director

Nora Ephron: My second marriage ended in this very melodramatic way. Melodramatic if you weren't involved with it, and dramatic if you were. I was pregnant, and my husband had fallen in love with this extremely tall woman who was married to the British ambassador, and it was very painful and horrible at the time. But then a few months later, I found myself at a typewriter working on a screenplay, and instead I wrote the first eight pages of a novel, and it was a novel that I knew if I could -- you know, when I was going through the nightmare of the end of the marriage, I absolutely knew that there was -- if I could ever find the voice to write it in, that someday it would be a story, someday it would be copy. But at the time, I was way too distraught to ever feel that. But you know, time heals, especially if you had a mother like mine. So I started writing a novel that became Heartburn, and that was the thinly disguised version of the end of that marriage.
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Nora Ephron

Humorist, Novelist, Screenwriter and Director

One day, someone -- an editor at Vogue -- called me and said they were doing an issue on age and was there anything that I wanted to write about, and I said, "Yeah. I want to write about my neck." It wasn't anything hard, and I just wrote this funny thing called "I Feel Bad About My Neck," which everybody read, a huge number of people. Most people, you don't expect, when you have a piece in Vogue, to have a huge -- you know, people don't buy Vogue necessarily for the articles, but this was an issue all my friends read, and a lot of people said, "Oh, that was really funny," and I thought, "Oh, I see. There's a book here. There's a book about getting older," and I started making a list of things that I thought could be written about that no one had written about, like maintenance, which is a full time career for those of us who are getting on in years, just sort of keeping your finger in the dike, so that you don't look like a bag lady. So I made a list of things and then wrote most of the book and sold it. And then there's all sorts of things that aren't about aging, like my summer in the White House when President Kennedy didn't sleep with me.
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Julius Erving

The Great and Wondrous Dr. J

As a 20 year-old, going over to the Soviet Union, participating in the Olympic Development Program for the United States and bringing that experience back, and understanding that if I can go through that type of doorway athletically, what about academically, emotionally, spiritually? Why limit yourself? If I'm going to be a whole person, let me be total, and become the complete package, and not have certain areas of my life go forward.
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Julius Erving

The Great and Wondrous Dr. J

When handling the ball, I always would look for daylight, wherever there was daylight. Sometimes there's only a little bit of daylight between two players, and you'd find a way to get the ball between those two bodies and you make something happen. Having good peripheral vision, I would always see daylight. Maybe I could see daylight that a lot of other players couldn't see. I see a lot of extraordinary players today, Jordan and Drexler and what have you. They see daylight where other players don't see that daylight. They see a body there, and they don't want to challenge that body, and they just don't see the daylight. So, that's a great optic option to have. The flamboyance wasn't intentional. The approach was result-oriented, more than reaction-oriented. Trying to get the results -- stop the team on defense anyway you can: block a shot, steal a ball, force a turnover. Offensively: try to score, set up a teammate to score, keep it very simple. The result was the priority, the effect was an added bonus, I guess. That was part of the gift, the blessing. Once it became very sensible business-wise, if you do things with a certain type of result and cause a certain type of reaction or effect, then you increase your market value. It's very much a competition for the entertainment dollar, and that's never been more clearly evident than in today's NBA game.
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Paul Farmer

Founder, Partners in Health

I think part of it was that I saw just how many different groups had been in and out of Haiti over the years. I knew they were well-meaning, even if I was -- as sometimes young people are -- I'm sure I was hypercritical. That's okay. Everybody's a critic, and like I said, the diagnosis is easy and cheap to make, right? You know, you see all this aid money going in to Haiti. This is -- I'm talking about the '80s. Haiti's still in trouble. It's easy to say, "Gee, there's a problem here." There is a problem with the effectiveness of the aid, and there were missionary groups, and there were short-term medical missions, and there were tons of people from the United States and Europe. So I think back, then I said, "Well, we need to have long-term partnerships," hence the name. It's not gonna be someone coming from the United States, into Haiti saying, "Do this, do that." It's really about partnerships. So in many senses, certainly the idea for doing that came from Haiti, but also the start was in Haiti.
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Paul Farmer

Founder, Partners in Health

We knew that these were transnational epidemics, transregional, globalized epidemics. The same is true for lots of other pathogens. We knew that, but the question was, "How could we be effective?" And the way that we got started was working with the Open Society Institute, which George Soros founded. And then the Gates Foundation, in one of their first major delivery grants, started supporting our work in Peru. And we went back and said, "Look, you know, there's a very big problem in Russia as well. Do you think we could help there?" So we ended up re-formulating our support for the Peru project, to support Peru and Russia, to really scale it up in Russia. So yes, in a way that was an acknowledgement of what we always knew to be a globalized problem. How could it be otherwise? it's an airborne disease, so it's going to spread, globally, just like swine flu or SARS.
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Paul Farmer

Founder, Partners in Health

Paul Farmer: Well, I think that if I define my field as infectious disease, I'd say community-based care for chronic infectious disease, or new therapeutics are in the pipeline. If I define my field as public health, I would say strengthening health systems, right? But if I define my field more broadly, as development and social progress, I would say the biggest developments are going to be bringing together a growing movement around social justice, and linking that to the growing movement for environmental justice. I think once these things come together, that we're going to see a lot of social progress in the planet. So yeah, any of those. That's all optimism for you.
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