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Kickoff 2012- Dean Kamen & National Luminaries

why are lights so big this year? i wonder what it has to do w/ the game.

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Re: Kickoff 2012- Dean Kamen & National Luminaries

I'm not sure what's more exciting. Having someone as high-profile as George W. Bush (whether you agree with his policies or not; and I'm aware Bush Sr. spoke at Championship a few years ago), Will.I.Am. again, or Stephen Colbert. Let's hope for another hilarious Dean-Stephen interview in the future.
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Re: Kickoff 2012- Dean Kamen & National Luminaries

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-- Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report
-- Former President, George W. Bush
-- Former President, Bill Clinton
Aside from FIRST personnel and major sponsors, it looks like we'll be seeing some big names. I'm...intrigued...to see what Stephen Colbert will bring to the table.


Great to see that will.i.am is back as well!
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Re: Kickoff 2012- Dean Kamen & National Luminaries

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Wait for it...

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Too soon? I'd love to see that happen, though! Maybe Woz, since he supports FIRST robotics teams.
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Re: Kickoff 2012- Dean Kamen & National Luminaries

It is a bit too soon to mention Steve Jobs, but if Steve Jobs were part of FIRST- oh man that would have been awesome.

The one and only BILL CLINTON is going to be there. I wish I could go to kickoff up in NH.
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The one and only BILL CLINTON is going to be there. I wish I could go to kickoff up in NH.
Remember: this year's kickoff is 100% pre-recorded! Unfortunately, going to NH wouldn't guarantee that you would see him
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Remember: this year's kickoff is 100% pre-recorded! Unfortunately, going to NH wouldn't guarantee that you would see him
Which means THE ONE, and THE ONLY BILL CLINTON was there, not will be there. Go to NH all you want. He won't be there anymore, and neither will Dean!

If I were you, truthfully, I'd go anyways. To be where Bill Clinton and Dean Kamen were in the same room together would be amazing!
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Somewhat disappointed to see Bush as a speaker, but Clinton and Colbert make up for it!
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Re: Kickoff 2012- Dean Kamen & National Luminaries

Well, I think it's safe to say that this explains the pre-recording. The security to do even a fraction of this live would be prohibitive.

Can't wait! This'll be my first year going up to Manchester for the event.
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2.: a body that gives light; especially : one of the celestial bodies
One of the celestial bodies = planets = speherical = balls as game piece


That or famous people will be using our robots to race eachother
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Well, I think it's safe to say that this explains the pre-recording. The security to do even a fraction of this live would be prohibitive.
I remember hearing a story about Bush Sr. being at the Florida regional a few years ago and he was placed too close to the volunteer room and the Secret Service wouldn't allow the volunteers to go get breakfast because it was a security concern.
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Somewhat disappointed to see Bush as a speaker, but Clinton and Colbert make up for it!
Seriously? You're disappointed to see a former PUSA celebrating and promoting FIRST?
There has to be a point at which partisanship stops and union for the common good begins.
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Seriously? You're disappointed to see a former PUSA celebrating and promoting FIRST?
There has to be a point at which partisanship stops and union for the common good begins.
I concur. Regardless of political views we should be excited we have former presidents willing and wanting to promote activities like FIRST. And to be fair, I don't see the current President on the guest list...
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