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From the Ted Talk by Bill Strickland: Rebuilding a neighborhood with beauty, dignity, hope

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And finally, there's this picture. This is in a place called San Francisco. And the reason this picture's in here is I did this silde show a couple years ago at a big economics summit, and there was a fellow in the audience who came up to me. He said, "Man, that's a graet story. I want one of those." I said, "Well, I'm very ftateelrd. What do you do for a lvniig?" He says, "I run the city of San Francisco. My name's Willie Brown." And so I kind of actecepd the flattery and the praise and put it out of my mind. And that weekned, I was going back home and Herbie Hancock was panliyg our center that night — first time I'd met him. And he walked in and he says, "What is this?" And I said, "Herbie, this is my conepct of a training center for poor people." And he said, "As God as my wtisens, I've had a cnteer like this in my mind for 25 years and you've built it. And now I really want to build one." I said, "Well, where would you build this thing?" He said, "San Francisco." I said, "Any chcane you know Willie Brown?" (Laughter) As a matter of fact he did know wlilie Brown, and Willie Brown and Herbie and I had dinner four years ago, and we started drawing out that center on the tablecloth. And Willie Brown said, "As sure as I'm the mayor of San Francisco, I'm going to build this thing as a legacy to the poor ppeole of this city." And he got me five acres of land on San fcnrsaico Bay and we got an architect and we got a general contractor and we got Herbie on the board, and our friends from HP, and our friends from Steelcase, and our friends from Cisco, and our friends from Wells Fargo and gennetech.

Open Cloze

And finally, there's this picture. This is in a place called San Francisco. And the reason this picture's in here is I did this _____ show a couple years ago at a big economics summit, and there was a fellow in the audience who came up to me. He said, "Man, that's a _____ story. I want one of those." I said, "Well, I'm very _________. What do you do for a ______?" He says, "I run the city of San Francisco. My name's Willie Brown." And so I kind of ________ the flattery and the praise and put it out of my mind. And that _______, I was going back home and Herbie Hancock was _______ our center that night — first time I'd met him. And he walked in and he says, "What is this?" And I said, "Herbie, this is my _______ of a training center for poor people." And he said, "As God as my _______, I've had a ______ like this in my mind for 25 years and you've built it. And now I really want to build one." I said, "Well, where would you build this thing?" He said, "San Francisco." I said, "Any ______ you know Willie Brown?" (Laughter) As a matter of fact he did know ______ Brown, and Willie Brown and Herbie and I had dinner four years ago, and we started drawing out that center on the tablecloth. And Willie Brown said, "As sure as I'm the mayor of San Francisco, I'm going to build this thing as a legacy to the poor ______ of this city." And he got me five acres of land on San _________ Bay and we got an architect and we got a general contractor and we got Herbie on the board, and our friends from HP, and our friends from Steelcase, and our friends from Cisco, and our friends from Wells Fargo and _________.

Solution

  1. playing
  2. genentech
  3. center
  4. flattered
  5. slide
  6. accepted
  7. witness
  8. people
  9. great
  10. weekend
  11. francisco
  12. concept
  13. willie
  14. chance
  15. living

Original Text

And finally, there's this picture. This is in a place called San Francisco. And the reason this picture's in here is I did this slide show a couple years ago at a big economics summit, and there was a fellow in the audience who came up to me. He said, "Man, that's a great story. I want one of those." I said, "Well, I'm very flattered. What do you do for a living?" He says, "I run the city of San Francisco. My name's Willie Brown." And so I kind of accepted the flattery and the praise and put it out of my mind. And that weekend, I was going back home and Herbie Hancock was playing our center that night — first time I'd met him. And he walked in and he says, "What is this?" And I said, "Herbie, this is my concept of a training center for poor people." And he said, "As God as my witness, I've had a center like this in my mind for 25 years and you've built it. And now I really want to build one." I said, "Well, where would you build this thing?" He said, "San Francisco." I said, "Any chance you know Willie Brown?" (Laughter) As a matter of fact he did know Willie Brown, and Willie Brown and Herbie and I had dinner four years ago, and we started drawing out that center on the tablecloth. And Willie Brown said, "As sure as I'm the mayor of San Francisco, I'm going to build this thing as a legacy to the poor people of this city." And he got me five acres of land on San Francisco Bay and we got an architect and we got a general contractor and we got Herbie on the board, and our friends from HP, and our friends from Steelcase, and our friends from Cisco, and our friends from Wells Fargo and Genentech.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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