• Ken Jennings “No one would watch me on Jeopardy! and say, ‘Wow, this guy is smarter than Stephen Hawking because he knows all his state birds.’ I think they know it’s a different thing.”   If I get a few answers right on Jeopardy!, I pat myself on the back. Ken Jennings won 74 games in a […] No responses March 17, 2015
  • Oluchi Orlandi   “I’m not doing charity because it looks good on my resume. I want to give people an opportunity to work. That’s what the continent needs.”   Meeting a supermodel is intimidating. But sometimes you just have to tell yourself “we’re all African” and go for it. And so, with my questions and courage, I approached […] One response July 16, 2013
  • Jim Jinkins   “I’m happy to have been a pre-computer kid…There was a whole lot of down time when we had to entertain ourselves, and I think that’s what helped me think of these stories.”   An awkward edge around love interests. A wild imagination. A desire to fit in. A penchant for adventure. There is something […] 6 responses February 1, 2013
  • Cory Doctorow “L. Ron Hubbard does not have the neurological excuse for the declining quality of his work. I think it can only be attributed to the fact that he was a colossal asshole.”   Cory Doctorow attended four universities but never completed a degree. Today, the Toronto native is a wildly successful sci-fi writer, journalist, and […] No responses December 16, 2012
  • Sheila E.     “I used to play until my hands would bleed… It got to the point where I had to warm up on a concrete wall, or a surface that was very strong, so that I could numb my hands before I went on stage because it was that painful.”     Her hands are […] No responses July 27, 2012
  • James Randi  “They don’t have any scruples on that, just like any other thief or burglar. A thief doesn’t look at a house and think to pass it up because the family has just suffered a recent tragedy. No, he goes in and robs it anyway.”   James Randi is a magician by trade, but let’s get […] 2 responses February 19, 2012
  • Waris Dirie “I believe that it is my responsibility to use the attention I get to fight against the continuing practice of FGM. I don’t know if you can call that spirituality, but I feel physically connected to every single girl on this planet that still has to suffer because of this cruel practice.”     Waris […] 2 responses January 27, 2012
  • Henry Rollins “My prolific and deeply flawed utterances over the decades may have perhaps found a resonance with others who can sift through the run-on sentences, and tense inconsistencies to dig where I am coming from. Perhaps they can see that they are not the only one who feels frequently out of step with the rest of […] No responses July 16, 2011
  • Bruce Buffer “There’s no difference between us and the golden arches of McDonald’s. This is what America was built on: private enterprise, and people that want to be the two percent out there, not just the ninety-eight percent that think about it, but the two percent that get it done, and make the most money in the […] No responses June 24, 2011