The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 14, 1995 · Page 48
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 48

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 14, 1995
Page 48
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RE L ATIO N SH IPS BY MELANIE McLEAN MICHEL My mother's best advice? Famous offspring report some lasting words of wisdom in this Mother's Day quotebook This spring, USA WEEKEND called and faxed dozens of accomplished Americans, from a variety of disciplines, asking two simple questions: What's the best advice your mom gave you ? When does it come in handy? CELEBRITIES Kin Alexis Dugway, model: "Remember right from wrong. [I used it] when I started to model: There were times that I would be the only person in the studio who did not think it was a good idea to take my clothes off." Mary Chaphi Carpenter, country singer. "Do your thing!" Mary Hart, Entertainment Tonight host "Stand up straight. She would walk up behind me and poke two fingers between my shoulder blades." John Tesh, Entertainment Tonight host and musician: "Practice, practice, practice. Every day after school, she'd set an egg timer on the piano for two hours. How in the world could I ever have released 10 albums since 1987 if my mom had not been so strict with that egg timer?" Richard Shnmonr, exercise guru: "When you love someone, love them unconditionally. [It comes in handy] when I do The Late Show With David Letterman." 'Mot everyoie is gong to like you. But be a BUI, because there is not enough tine ii life to hate—not evei the OMS who hate you.' Clyde Drader, Houston Rockets basketball, says Mom told him: "Stick up for what you believe in. Always treat people the way you want to be treated. These are two very important pieces of advice. She also taught me the value of hard work and the value of what it is to be loved unconditionally. She reminded me — taught me — to always put something back into the community, whether it is time, money or effort Mind your manners, too." r, lead singer ofHootie & the Blowfish, before she died Trisha Yearwood, country singer: "Be honest, be yourself, believe you can do anything your heart desires." Tabrtha Soren, MTV correspondent: "As long as you prepare for something, you can do it. Anything, anytime, anywhere. Don't let anyone tell you 'never.' When my MTV news director told me he could 'never put me on camera,' I took the job, anyway. Look where my mom's advice got me." Meina Etheridce, rock singer "Be self-sufficient and do what makes you happy." Name Reeves, jazz singer: "Trust your intuition, and if you don't know something, ask or research it. Take the time to view the situation." Wynonna Judd, country singer: "Mom often said to us, 'You always have the power to choose in your life. You can choose fear, or you can choose peace.' Then she read us this passage from the Bible (2 Timothy 1:7): Tor God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.' " Naoni Judd, country singer and Wynonna's mom: "My mama advised me as a child to feel a personal accountability to God." LEADERS IN THEIR FIELDS Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies: "The best advice my mother gave to the youngest of her five children (all girls, by the way) was: 'Never be a follower—always be a leader.' It came in handy when I thought of opening my first cookie store in 1977, a then-unheard- of concept. Eighteen years and 600 Mrs. Fields stores later, I can assure' you that that is the best advice my mother ever gave me." Norman Schwarzkopf, Gulf War general: "My mother said to me when I was a small child: 'You are a very lucky person. You were born white, you were born American and you were born Protestant. Therefore, you will be spared the prejudices that many other people experience. But you should always remember that this was strictly an accident of birth. Therefore, you should never be prejudiced against anyone else just because they have a different skin color, nationality or religion.'" Daniel S. GoUta, head of NASA: "My mother told me to read books. She wanted me to understand that reading opens the gateways of the mind to new ideas and possibilities. The advice given to me by Mother helped me to dream; consequently, I became a better engineer and leader." Martha Stewart,/owufer of self-titled magazine, TV show, books: "My mother (and father) drummed into my head that I could accomplish anything if I put my mind to it." ATHLETES Michael Chang, pro tennis: "The best advice that my mom ever gave me was to make sure that I found a career that I enjoyed. This way I 8 USA WEEKEND • May 12-1-1, 1WS PHOTOGRAPH BY PAM FRANCIS

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