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Las Vegas developer shares life-long dream to excite people

Daniel F. Hunt

October 18, 2001

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The man responsible for developing such world-renowned Las Vegas resorts like the Mirage and Treasure Island and has transformed the landscape of "Sin City" to a center of family entertainment, shared his new ideas at the conference. Developer Stephen Wynn, always fresh with new ideas to "wow" the public shared his thoughts on how he got the "developer's disease," as he calls...

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...

Letters inspire Martin to continue organizing conference

Rachel Cribbs

October 11, 2001

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It was the letter from a lady in Elk Grove that brought tears to George Martin's eyes, convincing him to organize the Bakersfield Business Conference once again. "Each year when it is over I think I'm not going to do it again," said the managing partner of Borton, Petrini & Conron, LLP. "This is a big undertaking and it takes a toll on you. Then you get the wonderful letters...

BPD starts college beat Monday

Daniel F. Hunt

October 11, 2001

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An armed Bakersfield Police Department officer will begin patrolling Bakersfield College Monday. It will be the first time in the school's history that an armed officer from an outside law enforcement agency will be assigned to the campus. Senior Officer John Jamison is assigned to the campus and will begin his duties Oct. 15. Jamison has been on campus most the week meeting...

Vibrant Visions

Maria Eutsler

October 11, 2001

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When Bakersfield College graphic arts teacher Nelson Richardson was attending Santa Monica College, friends said he’d never get a job in art. “So, of course, whenever people tell you not to do something, you do it,” he said. Today, 24 years later, his passion for art remains strong. “It’s a very competitive field,” said Richardson, who is a p...

Do You Like Scary Stories?

October 11, 2001

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The Rip does, and we want to see your scary stories. The writer of the scariest story will receive $20 in free movie passes to Pacific Theatres and have his or her story published in The Rip. All entries will be published in our online edition. The contest deadline is Monday, Oct. 22. To send us your stories, register, login and submit them through the Letters to the Editor section on this Web site. Entries...

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