September 10th, 2012
12:22 PM ET

LeVar Burton on 'legion' of 'Reading Rainbow' fans

Space, the final frontier.

OK, yes, I just wanted to use those words in an article - but chances are, if you're a geek like me, you know that saying by heart.

And for a generation of "Star Trek" fans (pun intended), watching LeVar Burton fix a warp core every week on TV might have even inspired you to get into the field of engineering or physics and dream of one day working at NASA.

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July 30th, 2012
10:37 AM ET

Olympian Amanda Beard on memoir's message

Olympian Amanda Beard was just 14 when she won her first gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. Since then, Beard's become a four-time Olympian with a total of seven Olympic medals, and has been a model, motivational speaker, author, blogger, and also a mom.

Yet while she credits a big part of her success to getting in the pool at an early age - Beard started swimming when she was 4 - she doesn't think that should discourage those who are holding on to Olympic-sized dreams later in life.

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July 9th, 2012
02:34 PM ET

Gene Simmons: I've never been drunk

KISS frontman Gene Simmons is many things, including bassist, reality star, songwriter and philanthropist.

The patriarch of A&E’s "Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels" is also arguably one of the most iconic rock stars of his generation (and by that I mean if you were born in the '70s), and, unlike some other high-profile artists, he’s a pretty shrewd businessman to boot.

With a career spanning more than 40 years and multiple hit records to his credit, his secret for success is simple. “Don't allow that guy - the drug user and the alcoholic - to be in your band,” he said. “Get rid of that cancer early on because they will be like vampires.”

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April 30th, 2012
11:57 AM ET

Singer Jewel opens up on past hunger, homelessness

Before rising to international fame, singer/songwriter Jewel faced some tough times.

The 37-year-old mom says she experienced both homelessness and hunger, and is grateful to those who saw something in her when she couldn't see it for herself.

"It was really hard for me to ever think that I was special when I was homeless," she told CNN in a recent interview. "I was writing things, I was writing songs, but I didn't think that they were that good. The fact that someone believed in me or thought that my life was special meant a lot to me, because I didn't know how to value it.”

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