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John Wooden

Basketball's Coaching Legend

John Wooden: When Wilt Chamberlain came to the Lakers, I was invited to the press conference announcing this. In the press conference, one member of the press asked Wilt, "Do you think that Bill van Breda Kolff can handle you?" Bill van Breda Kolff was the coach of the Lakers at the time. And Wilt said, "No one handles me. I am a person, not a thing. You handle things. You work with people. I think I can work with anyone." Just prior to this, my coaching book, Practical Modern Basketball, had been published, and I had a section in this book entitled, "Handling Your Players." I left this meeting, came home and took my book and marked out, crossed out, "handling your players," put "working with your players." And any place that I had alluded to handling your players, I changed. I called the publisher and wanted that correction made for any future editions.
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John Wooden

Basketball's Coaching Legend

John Wooden: It's the road to getting there is the very important part. The end in some ways, it's exhilarating in some ways, it's a let-down. It's the getting there. I think Robert Louis Stevenson said, "It's better to travel hopefully than to arrive." Once you arrive, the journey is over in a sense. It's the journey that's the important thing. Yes. The fact that it is an accomplishment for which you've been working gives you a feeling, maybe the best feeling from a coaching point of view, when you just see the thrill it is giving the youngsters under your supervision. My teams got to the National Championship ten times, the National Championship game, and we happened to win every one of those that we got there. Before the end of each game none of them were determined in the last seconds. We had them won within the last minute or so. And there would be a time-out. There was in every one. Each time, I told my players, "Now I'm very proud of you. You've had a great achievement. But now, when this is over, don't make a fool out of yourself. Let our alumni do that. Feel good. Cut the nets down if you want to, but don't get carried away. This is something for us to enjoy for the moment, and let's not get carried away. But it's been a great accomplishment and I'm very proud of you."
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Bob Woodward

Investigative Reporter

Bob Woodward: About six months after Watergate, after Carl and I had written many of -- almost all of -- our main stories, she called me up for lunch. And she had a style of "I want to know what's going on. I want to offer some ideas. Kind of parse it out." But she wasn't the editor. She was the publisher. She had what I call, "Mind on, hands off." She was intellectually engaged in the news, but her hands were not directing, not saying, "Investigate this, don't investigate that, give the emphasis here." That was Bradlee and the editors' job. But she was quite curious, quite well-informed, plugged in. And she said, "When will we know the full story of Watergate? When will all the truth come out?" Quite optimistically. She posed this, almost suggesting that it was inevitable. And my reaction was, I told her, "Well, Carl and I think that it will never come out, that Nixon and his White House are so good at obscuring things, of sealing off information, preventing disclosure, that we'll never know." She looked at me quite stricken and said, "Never? Don't tell me never." And I remember thinking and feeling quite motivated that she was saying the standard here is the bar is quite high. "Don't tell me 'never.' Get to the bottom of it." That your resources, the resources of the newspaper, should be directed at completing this story, getting the full tale, if you would. And it in many ways is, I think, the principle under which she and her son, Don Graham, tried to run The Washington Post. "Don't tell me 'never.' Don't let things elude us. It's our job to figure them out."
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Chuck Yeager

First Man to Break the Sound Barrier

It's your duty to fly the airplane. If you get killed in it, you don't know anything about it anyway, so why worry about it? That's the way you looked at it and, actually, duty is paramount. It's that simple when you are a military guy. You don't say, I'm not going to do that--that's dangerous. If it's your duty to do it, that's the way it is.
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