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[10 Oct 2016 | 103 Comments]
Celebrity Interview: Ray Kroc, Founder of McDonald’s

At age 52, when most people look toward retirement, Ray Kroc began McDonald’s, a big company that has remained the # 1 restaurant chain in the world for about half a century. Via his McDonald’s franchises, it is believed that he probably made multimillionaires of more people in a shorter time than any other person in modern history. In 1974, he purchased the San Diego Padres baseball franchise. He was, and his estate continues to be, a major philanthropist via the Kroc Foundation and the Ronald McDonald Children’s Fund.

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[31 Jul 2016 | 140 Comments]
Alex’s Blog: The Ripple Effect

A reader wrote that he found the stories in the magazine truly inspiring and uplifting but that he was confused. “You keep saying that the magazine is a forum for change in our world but I don’t see you doing anything to make change happen. What are you doing? How are you going to accomplish it?”

He needed to be with me recently, when …

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[30 Jul 2016 | 9 Comments]
Bob Fouts : Like Father, Like Son?

What kind of attitudes does it take to be a winning parent, to raise five children into responsible adults, at least one of them as highly principled and accomplished as Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Fouts (San Diego Chargers)? To find the answer, I flew to San Francisco where Bob Fouts worked both as Public Relations Consultant to the Social Security Administration and as a Sportscaster for CBS. This article first appeared in Winners Magazine in the early 1980′s.

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[19 Jun 2011 | 21 Comments]
Celebrity Interview: Graham Nash, Donovan, et al: Peace Sunday — A World Wide Movement for Justice & Disarmament

Joined by world-famous musicians, religious leaders and peace activists were people of all ages, colors and beliefs assembled to celebrate “PEACE SUNDAY — WE HAVE A DREAM”. In the week following, many of these same celebrities and humanitarians journeyed to San Francisco and New York City, where similar concerts were held. Over 500,000 attended the New York City event, making it the Largest concert crowd in American history.

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[31 May 2011 | 2 Comments]
Interview: Hall of Fame Jockey Bill Shoemaker: Part 2 Of 2

I conducted thiw interview with Hall of Fame Jockey, Bill Shoemaker and his wife, Cindy, in June 1980 at both Hollywood Park and at his home in San Marino, California. At that time, Shoemaker, a legend in Thoroughbred Racing, had won more races — more than 8000 — and more money — more than $82 million — than any jockey in the history of the sport. He has won virtually every stakes race in America including 4 Kentucky Derbies, 2 Preaknesses, 5 Belmonts and 11 Triple Crowns.. Among Shoemaker’s record-breaking totals are 10 National Money Titles and 5 championships as the Year’s Winningest Rider. He won in England, Ireland, South Africa and Argentina; and he won purses of more than $123 million. He also owned every major Delmar Racetrack record including seven seasonal titles.

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[22 May 2011 | 8 Comments]
Interview: Hall of Fame Jockey Bill Shoemaker: Part 1 Of 2

I conducted thiw interview with Hall of Fame Jockey, Bill Shoemaker and his wife, Cindy, in June 1980 at both Hollywood Park and at his home in San Marino, California. At that time, Shoemaker, a legend in Thoroughbred Racing, had won more races — more than 8000 — and more money — more than $82 million — than any jockey in the history of the sport. He has won virtually every stakes race in America including 4 Kentucky Derbies, 2 Preaknesses, 5 Belmonts and 11 Triple Crowns.. Among Shoemaker’s record-breaking totals are 10 National Money Titles and 5 championships as the Year’s Winningest Rider. He won in England, Ireland, South Africa and Argentina; and he won purses of more than $123 million. He also owned every major Delmar Racetrack record including seven seasonal titles.

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[3 May 2011 | 62 Comments]
Poem: The Night Obama Took Osama Down

The following is a Snapshot excerpted from the text messages I shared with my sons Trevor, Tyler and Dylan on the long awaited night when we killed Osama Bin Laden and, for the firs time in 10 years, since 9/11, as Americans we felt like winners again …

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[3 May 2011 | 8 Comments]
Celebrity Interview: Pat Casey — How We Build a Winning Team

It is now 2011 and Pat Casey has brought the Beavers back to 1st Place in the Pac-10 and, more than likely, to the NCAA playoffs for the 6th time in the last 7 years. In that same period, they have won the National Championship twice. Based on how the comebacks that won those championships were made, the Beavers appear to be a team that only knows how to succeed when it can come from behind. Can they still do it when they are in 1st Place? I interviewed Pat Casey back in September, 2007. Why are they still the team to beat? When you read the below interview, conducted 3 ½ years ago, the phrase “Déjà vu” comes roaring to mind…)

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[2 Mar 2011 | 10 Comments]
ex-Congressman Dennis Kucinich: How the U.S. Can Be A Global Winner

From an early age I learned self reliance. I learned that no matter how difficult things may seem on any given day, tomorrow will present an opportunity for a better day. And I developed the capacity for endurance, forbearance, determination. More than anything, I realized that however bad we had it there were other people that had it worse. And I learned never to measure anyone by what they have or don’t have in terms of materiality, because I did not rely on the material world to provide us with all the predictability and sustenance we needed.

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