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For immediate release
Deptember 14, 2005
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Bill Gates Personal Essay on NPR's This I Believe, September 19

Gates Writes of His Belief in Computers and that Technology, Creativity and Intelligence Can Change the World on All Things Considered; Joins Colin Powell, John Updike and Errol Morris as Essayists

WASHINGTON -- This I Believe, the NPR® weekly series of personal essays about core values and beliefs - a contemporary version of Edward R. Murrow's landmark 1950s project - will feature the thoughts of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on the September 19 edition of All Things Considered®.

Discussing his continued passion for computers, Gates says, "I believe that computers are the most incredible tool we can use to feed our curiosity and inventiveness - to help us solve problems that even the smartest people couldn't solve on their own." Beyond computers, Gates believes there are many other ways to improve the world. Gates states, "I'm excited by the possibilities I see for medicine, for education and of course for technology. And I believe that through our natural inventiveness, creativity and willingness to solve tough problems, we're going to make some amazing achievements in all these areas in my lifetime."

Gates is chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft. Under Gates' leadership, Microsoft's mission has been to continually advance and improve software technology, and to make it easier, more cost-effective and more enjoyable for people to use computers. He also founded, along with his wife, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which funds global health, education and public library projects.

Gates joins an impressive list of essayists who have contributed to the series since it made its premiere April 4; participants have included former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris, authors John Updike, Isabel Allende and Azar Nafisi, psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison and scientist Brian Greene.

This I Believe also features the work of NPR listeners and, after only five months, the series has generated more than 5700 listener submissions. The hopeful contributors range from professional writers and writing instructors to parole board officials, homemakers and attorneys. Their essays have been revelations about parents, personal struggles and the impact of race on their characters. And they have been serious and, at times, poignant, as well as unabashedly funny.

This I Believe has sparked communal essay-writing sessions in schools, universities, community groups and houses of worship and at life-changing events such as birthdays and funerals. Blogs have been created to share ideas, columnists have been motivated to write their own This I Believe pieces for their newspapers, and one school teacher even penned a This I Believe about using the series in her classroom.

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