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Conference honors pilot of downed plane over China

Ryan Knaggs

October 18, 2001

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This year's special guest at the Bakersfield Business Conference spoke for no more than two minutes but the tears in his eyes spoke volumes. Lt. Shane Osborn is a pilot in the United States Navy. He was in the national spotlight when the plane he was flying crash-landed in China on April 1. Osborn landed that plane. When he walked onstage Saturday, he was welcomed by more...

`Be on the Blade’

Rachel Cribbs

October 18, 2001

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There are four generations in the world today, said corporate leader Herman Cain. He described these as the X, Y, Z and G generations. Each generation is self-motivated differently. The G generation is made up of people who are age 56 and above. "Their primary motivation is to survive," Cain said. The G generation faced the Depression and World War II. The Z group is ages...

Firestone wows audience with impersonations, songs

Ryan Knaggs

October 18, 2001

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Roy Firestone, best known as the longtime host of ESPN's "Up Close," displayed many talents that went beyond sports journalism at the Bakersfield Business Conference. His first big surprise for the crowd was singing "America the Beautiful." "You must think I'm just sports, but I also have a lot of musical instincts, I grew up as a singer," he said. That was just the beginning. He...

Kennedy: Americans will defeat terrorism

Rachel Cribbs

October 18, 2001

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Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy was in her house in northern Viriginia watching the television when she heard about the first attack on the World Trade Center. "So of course I went right in and stood there at the television and saw live the second tower attack," said the U.S. Army's deputy chief of staff for intelligence. But while she was sitting in her chair watching the attacks,...

George Martin

Ryan Knaggs

October 18, 2001

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Looking out over a crowd of 9,000 people, George Martin, organizer of the 17th annual Bakersfield Business Conference held at California State University, Bakersfield, on Saturday said, "We need to be brave if we're going to be free." This statement was needed as a response to the concerns of security at the conference. In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, security...

Run government like a business

Ryan Knaggs

October 18, 2001

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This year’s Bakersfield Business Conference was host to many speakers who claimed to be business gurus or financial “wizards.” Andrew Cuomo was a guest who preached that even the wizards don’t have any idea about the future status of the nation’s economy and that government should be run like a business. Cuomo served as secretary of Housing and...

Legend speaks of hope for peace

Amber Garcia

October 18, 2001

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An American hero got the audience on its feet, cheering and waving flags. John Glenn, a former Ohio senator and NASA astronaut who first orbited Earth and the oldest person in space, received a huge ovation when he walked out onstage at the Bakersfield Business Conference. He spoke of the space program, the terrorist attacks and what the future holds. Glenn said the space...

Spirit of Allegiance

Daniel F. Hunt

October 18, 2001

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The 17th annual Bakersfield Business Conference was more patriotic than ever before. In light of the terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, D.C., more than 9,000 attendees brought their spirit of allegiance along with their flags to the grounds of California State University, Bakersfield Saturday. When they arrived they were greeted by another recent result of ...

Panel discusses rooting out terrorism

Rachel Cribbs

October 18, 2001

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Four former world leaders who have all fought the battle against terrorism in their own countries came together Saturday at the Bakersfield Business Conference to discuss their views on how to deal with terrorism. Former U.S. President Gerald Ford, former British Prime Minister John Major, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo and former Prime Minister of Iraq Ehud Ba...

Quotable Moments

October 18, 2001

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Former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo on making decisions: “It’s better to think about our next generation rather than the next election.” Larry Winget on whiners: “Shut up, stop whining and get a life.” James Carville on being a Democrat at a Republican convention: “You know, I feel like a fire hydrant in a dog show.” Ste...

Former defense secretary warns more attacks on U.S. imminent

Daniel F. Hunt

October 18, 2001

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Terrorists planned the attack on the USS Cole for two years. They planned the Sept. 11 attack on New York City and Washington, D.C., for several years. And they are planning more attacks, according to former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen who spoke at the 17th annual Bakersfield Business Conference. "It was not just the U.S. that was attacked," said Cohen. He said...

Face Off

Daniel F. Hunt

October 18, 2001

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One of the most anticipated events at the Bakersfield Business Conference was the debate between Fox News Channel anchorman Bill O'Reilly and Democratic strategist James Carville. The two men focused on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Despite agreeing on a number of issues, both had opinions on the attacks and what America should do. "Beside patriotism and the embrace of...

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