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1987 Krauthammer won the biggest honor in print journalists the Pulitzer Prize.
Not bad for someone who started in the business less than a decade earlier without even a writing -- He went straight from the ceremony to see his father who had long worried that his son wouldn't be able to support himself on a career in journalism.
Q and Krauthammer was eighty -- and gravely ill.
I went to the hospital where you.
I said there have have no -- you and I gave him the medal.
And he being that he showed -- -- all the nurses it turned out to be -- -- final visit with his dad so the last time I saw him.
Was a time when this whole circle.
Was closed and he could feel that the choice had been redeemed in some way it was a very comforting.
Thing to remember about the last time you see -- there.
Sell you remember that day chose.
I do it was just a coincidence ever -- -- awarded in April on my dad had gotten.
Cancer some months before.
And he lived in the New York area so I thought I go up and -- I'm -- visit him in the hospital.
I had no idea of course that would be the last time I said to him I'll be back in a month to show because.
I would division them always in the summertime.
And then it turned out that it was -- last time I saw him but he was always very supportive.
What I did even though he had his doubts he wondered whether you know you raise -- son.
He goes to medical school demise some a doctor you feel he sort of set for life and then one day I quit and just Clayton became.
Well who started doing when I'm doing which is a lot more problematic.
And for a traditional.
Father from a European background this is a bit of a Dicey choice.
So when it all have an and I -- the -- and I went to see him.
And he was so proud and happy about it he was like a circle being close stand.
Didn't ever since it's been those sort of -- for any way to remember the very last time.
Well and disability -- -- you confident that you're going to be -- as successful as journalists is as you were as a doctor.
I had no idea.
I had no idea -- talent I have no idea -- could be a writer would be a writer and if you ask me even in my twenty's what do you want to be when you grow up.
I would say the doctor I had no idea it just my life and I outline this in the introduction of the book.
How my career developed it is 17 did for this event after another each of which came out of the blue.
And without which I would not have ended up or I was and it gives me as I try to explain in the book.
He gives me respect for the fact that we have far less control over our destinies and we imagine.
And when I look back in these sort of -- turning points which are totally out of my control.
They have -- -- that led me to what is.
And I try to explain -- in the book a life.
That I was meant so live vocation I was meant to be involved in all unwittingly and unknowingly.
It's a remarkable and very lucky saying.
And you know -- -- -- of these that -- kind of nervous about the special.
You very nervous about the special here busy T talk about yourself and not about issues and right the first time -- seeded geared.
You're -- and its share.
Yeah I mean a lot of people know that I'm in a wheelchair and I when I go out on speeches and I see people who would never he met me.
I was -- asked around the table how many of you knew before and roughly half the people have no idea manual wheelchair you don't quite see it on the -- I did do I have been doing a show for twenty years called inside Washington.
A TV show where for twenty years we sat around in his circle and you could see that we -- I haven't exactly hidden it.
But I don't write about because I don't like to write about or talk about myself.
I have written about the fact that I had a spinal cord injury.
Windy it was relevant to where I was writing that was arguments about stem cell or group researching Christopher Reeve and all that.
In the mid I mean in the -- in the middle of the last decade.
And I got involved in the debate and argued about and tried to talk from my experience also from my knowledge is a doctor about.
What is possible what's not possible so I mentioned and -- column in the book about my mentor.
The bottom there is a professor at Harvard Medical School I mentioned who helped me out when I was injured in a just a wonderful and generous and creative way.
That helped me to get through medical school so it does show up in the book it isn't something -- Particularly want to hide but I've always -- that you know one's personal story.
Is one story and then there's a world out there.
That is much more dangerous -- to me and that's what I've been involved writing about -- about so this special.
Which is -- to be -- at the end of the -- on Friday ability.
His new assists the first for me and I'll be hiding under a bed for about a week until -- And by the way he you have to wait for -- -- get the book now is -- things that matter three decades of passions.
Pastimes in politics so -- you don't mind is still one more question on this it's caution or can careers.
Doing you know wheelchair and -- will ship but in a chair you -- and able to it to walk -- you're making this transition but every day is for me.
Who is looking used to challenge seriously people except two and a brand new profession.
With no debt with that -- challenge of yet -- cover stories there's going to be harder for you to go covered here.
Well I think that's what my dad -- a little skeptical.
Because I did do that change after I'd been hurt but look when I I was injured as a first year medical student.
And I instantly knew when it happened what it meant what the future was.
So I had the knowledge.
I never had any illusions as was going to be it.
Either had to accept it or not and -- -- -- -- -- did take you accepted by the minute -- no but I mean accepted in the sense that.
I never had any illusions.
That there's going to be anything else.
Excepting it you know and and so is either he -- a live a life of dignity or -- there's no other way.
In fact the one thing that did happen -- this professor that I write about in the book.
This -- let's go who has my dean he came to visit me.
Few weeks after I was injured I was in the span surgical intensive care -- him pretty bad shape.
And he said you know -- in the medical schools decided to.
To give you a leave of absence for a year or two however long it takes to get your rehab.
And come back which was a generous -- -- there's nobody who is so my injury had -- have a -- -- medical school.
And I said Herman I want you to do me a favor.
I don't want to leave announces I want to -- in my class.
And I know I'm gonna be in rehab for a year every hospitalized for -- -- so when a steady at -- or account -- the -- I don't want him I don't want to.
I don't want to lose I don't wanted to get off the horse has -- never.
Get on again I knew that -- music's I knew I had to stay win it with the class I was with went silent ago.
Once I decided to take believe it was -- I'd never get back.
And he did it he said okay and I described in the book -- at night to professors who gave the lecture to the clash in the daytime.
Would come to the intensive care unit at my bedside.
Project the slides on the ceiling because I I was on my back.
Give me the lecture and then I would read the notes through a piece of Plexiglas hanging over the bed the nurses would turn the pages every.
-- -- And and I would take oral exams so I got through the second year rejoined in my class but I made myself -- -- on the ferry first week.
I would not allow the action to change the trajectory of of course day today everything's a little more difficult takes longer and -- that.
But the trajectory what I would do how I -- doing -- that would be.
I would want that to be the same and in fact the bit the auto.
To the book.
Is about 5000 warrants and it describes will be talked about earlier how -- became a doctor and -- writer and all the changes.
Vocational that I've had my life.
And the fact is that there's not a word about the accident in that introduction.
Because in the end.
The trajectory was never changed by that I had intended to become a psychiatrist.
When I before I went to medical school and I did become one after that it was all sort of unplanned and -- became a writer and all that.
But I never won in my life to be defined by that.
By the moment that moment and and even know as you -- -- -- life everyday to a more more difficult than otherwise.
I would just say one thing -- -- Everybody has their -- of there.
Everybody in as a doctor I saw this -- -- -- you can see it without -- you can't.
The suffering I signed -- psychiatric patients the ones who -- psychotic.
Especially the young was unimaginable.
Everybody has their cross everybody has somebody in the family.
With a cross it's only question whether you can see it and -- and the only question is whether in the end.
You can try to live your life the best you can't.
And you did and you all are would you have been a lot different today -- I still be talking to about the same things at the same time had you not had the accident yes.
So he -- feel like it's change you at all.
I don't think so -- -- -- payment.
And so to be that I was way back then and here's a question from arrogant self confident and unfeeling -- -- exactly the same guard.
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