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“Love him or hate him, Ted Turner is a man to be reckoned with” is a line from the introduction to Janet Lowe’s new book, Ted Turner Speaks: Insights’ From the World’s Greatest Maverick.

His legend may well stir up either sentiment. “Terrible Ted” has been known to disregard the rules. But no one can argue with his success. He turned his sharp business savvy into a communications empire that has made him one of the wealthiest–and most powerful–figures in business. Consider the accomplishments–founder of CNN; creator of the first 24-hour global news channel; owner of the Atlanta Braves; winner of the America’s Cup; and donor of one billion dollars to the United Nations.

This much is certain, Janet Lowe writes: “He doesn’t fit into any standardsized box.”

To which Ted Turner doesn’t argue.

“I’m like the grass,” he once remarked. “I get trampled down one day and spring right up the next. I’ve been beaten so much that one more loss doesn’t make any difference. Losing is simply learning how to win.”

If you think Reba McEntire, recently named the country’s top-selling female country artist (over 40 million records sold), is ready to sit back and just enjoy the fruits of her 20-year career, think again. When an interviewer asked the entertainer about retirement, she replied. “Now why would I want to do that? I have a job that I love. I meet interesting people every day of my life. And I get to sing. What more could a person want out of life?”

Helping the singing sensation juggle all her career commitments is a team of 40 people hard at work in the offices of Starstruck Entertainment on Nashville’s Music Row.

“They think of the projects, and I go do them,” she says.

A non-stop doer, McEntire balances a more-than-full-time job with being a full-time mother to her son, Shelby.

Linda Ellerbee is not only one of the most sought-after speakers in America, but an outspoken journalist, award-winning TV producer, bestselling author, breast cancer survivor, and devoted mom.

Many remember Ellerbee from the early ’80s, when she anchored “NBC News Overnight.” She also received an Emmy for writing and anchoring the prime time ABC series “Our World.”

Ellerbee left prime time to join partner Rolfe Tessem in Lucky Duck Promotions, producing documentaries for PBS and “Nick News” for Nickelodeon–now on nearly 200 stations in syndication. It has since become the most popular children’s news program on television.

In March 2000, the first two books of Ellerbee’s series Get Real, written for middle-school children, will hit bookshelves nationwide. The series will embrace everything from the environment to what to wear to a dance.

“They will be funny and fun,” says the multitalented Ellerbee, adding, “And, I hope, greatly entertaining.”

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky may have retired his skates, but “The Great One” is still in the public arena. He is spearheading a national campaign to educate adults about the importance of understanding and recognizing osteoarthritis pain–the most common joint problem in the world.

“I was very surprised when my doctor said that the occasional joint pain and stiffness caused by years of playing hockey could actually be the early signs of osteoarthritis,” says Gretzky, today serving as spokesperson for the Osteoarthritis Early Awareness campaign. “I didn’t think people my age had arthritis.”

A recent survey showed that 60 percent of people age 40 and over have these early symptoms, but almost half of the cases go undiagnosed and untreated.

“Unfortunately, many of these people don’t understand how to recognize the affliction,” says Gretzky, “and simply stop doing the activities they love when the pain becomes too great.”

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