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Video Self Interview: Steve Jobs — Death Is Life’s Greatest Opportunity

  
Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder who resigned from the company in the mid-1980s and returned a decade later to make Apple one of the most successful technology companies in the world,  died on Oct 5, 2011. His accomplishments liken him to Thomas Edison and others as one of History’s greatest inventors/innovators. He lacked a college degree, began by sleeping on the floors of his friends homes, and rose to a pinnacle of success seldom achieved by anyone. He is a Winner Against the Odds.
In the following Video he shares with all …

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Carolyn Chambers : “If I Put the Work In, I Will Succeed.”

Carolyn Chambers is an Oregon native and graduate of the University of Oregon. She is currently the Chairman and CEO of the Oregon based company, Chambers Communications Corporation, a business that she built from the ground up. The corporation currently consists of three television broadcast stations, a television, movie, and video production company, an internet cable system, and an internet service provider.

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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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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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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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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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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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Phil Knight : The Man Behind the Myth

It is quite fitting that Nike Corp. be named after a Greek Goddess, as the company’s co-founder, Phillip Hampson Knight, has become somewhat of a mythical figure himself. Phillip Hampson Knight, the 7.3 billion dollar net worth, enigmatic figure at the helm of the most successful athletic company in the history of the world, has become a legend, especially here in Oregon, his home state. Since Nike currently sells 40% of the nation’s athletic footwear, it is sometimes easy to forget about the company’s humble beginnings.

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Poetry: Alex Scandalios — This Cat Don’t Dance

Literature: When I first started writing about the process of winning, I thought about the lion as the ultimate symbol of the winner. After all, he wasn’t the biggest (i.e. the elephant), he wasn’t the smartest (i.e. the chimpanzee), but he was the undisputed King of the Jungle. How come? Since I couldn’t find a lion to talk to, I settled for my cat, Zorba. After all, like the lion, his cousin, he had royal attitude.

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Celebrity Interview: Ozzie Smith, Hall of Fame Shortstop, Fights Corporate Power

America is no longer a Democracy. It has become a Corporatocracy ruled by Multinational Corporations. 29 years ago, before the multinational corporations ascended into world rule, life was simpler. We only had to fight against local corporate greed. Our strongest weapon were unions who had the power to strike, to affect the corporate control, to force changes.

29 years ago, the Professional Baseball Players Union called for such a strike and one of the its most outspoken leaders was a young shortstop named Ozzie Smith. I had the honor of interviewing him in July, 1981. The following interview, reprinted from the Winners Hall of Fame, are the thoughts he shared with me ….

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