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I don't even know what I was running for - I guess I just felt like it.
We discovered a nice site about Bill Gates. There you can find information about Bill’s work in the foundation, videos and much more. If you’re interested, here’s the link: http://www.billgateswindows.com/ms/
Bill Gates met with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in a closed meeting today to talk about the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Pictured with him are Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA).
Jill Bennett was a computer sales representative when she met Bill at a Madison Park party in 1983. She was born in the same Seattle hospital as Bill, and they had so much in common: tennis, friends and the love for computers. She was Bill’s first serious girlfriend.
This is what Bennett said about Bill:
"He feels so committed and he’s so hung up on setting such an extreme good example for his people, being there, being there late, working hard, setting the pace. He was always worried about stuff. He was just worried about everything, [he would have a] real hard time sleeping at night, and then during the day he could sleep instantly. He’d crawl under a desk. He’d crawl under chairs at the airport and fall asleep. People would lose him.”
“He doesn’t get enough sleep, and he doesn’t exercise, and he doesn’t eat right.”
“He’s just not a good driver, he will dispute that.”
“[Me and his mother were] always after him to shampoo.”
“We even look a little alike”
“he derivers major strenght and support from them, and loves each of them intensely, more than they’ll ever know… His family is one of his greatest assets.”
They dated for a year and remained friends.
She graduated from Washington State University in 1978 and worked for Digital Equipment Corporation from 1983 to 1997. In 1991 she was diagnosed with breast cancer in Boston. So Jill returned to Seattle and, in 1997, began working for the software company WRQ.
During her battle with the disease, Jill was passionate about getting cancer research to patients who needed it most. She had a tremendous grace and a good sense of humor.
“She really wanted to help other people” - Jeannie Nordstrom
Bennett served on the board of the Pike Place Market, and created the Mary Gates Lectureship Series in 2003. She died in July 17, 2004.
“She was a remarkable human being — gifted, dedicated, and full of life. She fought her cancer as bravely as anyone I’ve ever known. She never gave in — she actually found strength in bringing attention to the issue and inspiring people to work toward a cure.” – Bill Gates