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standing 6'5", george archer was easy to spot in a crowd. however, in the 1960s when jack nicklaus, arnold palmer and lee trevino were superstars, archer flew under the radar. >> i think he is probably the most -- best talent, unknown talent that i have ever known. >> george was very humble about his golf and later here, there were people that he met that didn't even know he was a professional golfer. so, he didn't talk about that at all.
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he said you are only as goods. . the trophies are in the closet and not all of them. some of them. and we never had a trophy room because we felt that each family member deserved a room, so we didn't have that many rooms. >> george archer was born in san francisco and grew up in san mateo. he was comfortable going about his business and playing golf. he won 12 times on tour with his biggest win coming in 1969 when he won the masters. >> the thrill of a lifetime when you win a major tournament. it is what you want when you are a golf professional. a lot of wonderful golfers not won major tournaments, not so good have but it is a defining win and once you have won a major, you are known the rest of your life as a major tournament winner. so, it is the pinnacle of your
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sport, really. and i suppose you could measure it by how many. but since george only won one, i think one's really cool. >> when his time on the tour came to an end, he continued wing. in fact, 19 times on the champions tour, but all along, he did so with a smile and a secret. what no one knew about archer was he was born with a severe learning injury. he went through his entire life, unable to read or write. >> he was a very humble young man, not many people knew of his disability. i didn't know a long time he couldn't sign his name or read or write and the greatest reward that he had is donna, who led him along the whole thing. >> he never overcame it.
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we will talk about that a little bit tonight, too. he was very ashamed of it. i have to speak frankly and say it was very devastating for him in many, many ways. however, it also becomes like the color of your eyes. it becomes something that you live with and you move on. >> his wife, donna, told is by his side every day of their nearly 44-year marriage. she kept his secret until he passed away in 2005. >> i think that is one of the most extraordinary stories in this way that i've ever heard, actually and you it also -- i'm kind of a romantic and touches my romantic attitudes, because that love affair had to be the -- one of the most remarkable love affairs i know of because there is no question about the fact that donna fell in love with him and then she found out he was illiterate.
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and she stuck it out. not really stuck it out, but worked on it to make it work. and i must say that i have -- i admire that in a way that i can't really effectively describe. >> donna archer shares his story now, as way to raise money for i will lit ras i is. >> we have the george archer found racial for lit ras sand we have our fund-raiser in october called the george archer stroke of genius pro am and we raise fund to us provide scholarships and tutors and we work directly with the charles armstrong school, which in belmont, which specializes in children with reading -- not just reading but learning needs. >> in the end, having his loyal wife help kids overcome the same disability could ultimately be archer's lasting legacy, but those who saw him play don't forget how great of a golfer he was during his era. in march, he was among the
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newe newest inductees into the bay area sports hall of fame. >> it feels sensational, and mixed also, because i feel sad that he is not here, but he is not here, so i try to focus on just being very grateful that he is going to be inducted tonight. it's huge. the bay area sports hall of fame. how good is that? >> these are just eight people that have left an indelible mark on the game and what a mark it is. these golf letters be remembered for their contributions to the sport that captivates us, challenges us and teaches us. that's why they are truly bay area golf legends. you can give mom ?
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former ceo scott thompson came under fire just under a week ago when the hedge fund that owns a 6% stake in yahoo! alleged thompson lied about resume details, a computer science degree he never earned. yahoo! confirmed that thompson has left the company. he says yahoo! has a policy that you will be fired in you falsify records and also says the problem with thompson's resume was carried with him through pay
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pal. and this firestorm will likely cause other companies to start doing background checks on all of their top execs. >> do a background check so this doesn't come back to haunt you. there are a lot of people sweating bullets who have false backgrounds or may have incidental in hiring people with false backgrounds and both groups are now at risk. >> yahoo! has also announced not only will thompson be out but four directors who planned to retire at the annual meeting will step down immediately. the economy has appointed lichenson. no word yet on how the changes might affect investors but people will pay close attention tomorrow to the stock. nbc bay area news. kimberly, thank you. he took a political risk when he
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announced his support for gay marriage a decade ago andweighe impact it could have for the white house. >> i don't know there's an issue that has moved this fast in the last 24 months, this has moved 10%. it's a safer time than in 2004. >> except at the ballot box. >> but that's always the case when you subject the rights of a minority to the wins of a majority every single time, the minority loses. >> as the mayor of san francisco back in 2004, you'll remember newsom directed city officials to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. this past wednesday the president announced his support for gay marriage. the chair of the national committee was on "meet the press" and told david gregory, he's not sure if it's going to be a defining issue in november.
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former alameda supervisor has retained a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend. she claims he attacked her in february at the hotel room in east bay. the justice department investigated and declined to charge him with a crime. she claimed in court papers that she and her son and husband are still haunted by chaconny. she resigned after the controversy made headlines. the fight over a key measure on the upcoming june ballot has many who support con certifican research. the tobacco companies have launched a multimillion dollar ad campaign that many in the medical community say is deceiving. . >> reporter: phillip morris and reynolds have spent $40 million
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to defeat prop 29 and that was almost eight times the amount spent by the other day. the it is funded by the american cancer society and lance armstrong foundation. it would impose a tax of $1 per seconds and supporters say that tobacco companies are being deceptive by running ads that say not one fupenny goes to canr treatment. that is true because it goes to research, not treatment. the tobacco companies are not speaking out and letting groups make the argument for them. >> when we have so many other things that are not being funded like health care services in the state of california and education and we believe that money -- if we are going to raise it in a tax increase, be spent on those things, not it's worth while should be a priority. >> tobacco companies want to defeat proposition 29 to continue to addict and they can
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kill californians to protect their profits. >> reporter: opponents say the yes on 29 ads make a claim impossible to prove when they say prop 29 will prevent thousands of children from getting addicted to tobacco. what is not in dispute is that prop 29 would raise an estimated $810 million annually for research of tobacco related diseases and prevention programs. if prop 29 passes it would be the first increase on cigarette tax in california since the year 2000. coming up at 6:00, we'll hear what lance armstrong has to say about all of this. live in san francisco, monty francis. dozens of homeless mothers celebrated mother's day in style. 25 moms living at the hamilton family center had their hair and makeup and nails professionally done. volunteer stylists and makeup artists from benefit cosmetics helped the moms look their best. many say it's a day of star
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treatment they will never forget. >> very special. i don't get pampered, i i do a lot for everyone else and never take time out to do for myself, never. finally getting a chance toe d it, awesome. after the pampering, they were whisked away at the sir francis drake hotel for a special mother's day lunch and show. motherhood is full of obstacles and joys but there's no doubt moms of children with cancer face another level of challenges. every mother's day, the american cancer society and great american theme park team up to give moms and families what they call a day off from cancer. more than 600 families invited from across northern and central california. the santa clara men's baseball team was among the celebrity athletes on hand to take photos with the young fans.
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one mom says it's the best kind of mother's day, seeing your child so happy. >> the first time, it was the best thing, you get her out of the house, get to have fun and fresh air. play with other kids, that kind of thing. >> they showed me they were upset because they had to be strong for me because i was so little. >> candice survived as a college student and volunteered for the event today. she and her mom are inspirations to the other parents and this is the 23rd year great america has hosted courageous kids day. the amgen tour started in santa rosa and expected to give a $7 million boost to the economy there. tomoow it heads to san francisco and santa cruz tounty. stage three starts in san jose before winding through contra costa and finishing up in livermore. racers will make their way through parts of central california before finishing up in los angeles on may 20th.
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still ahead, 77 years ago, offered a minor job on a major project. we'll introduce you to a central valley man who played a role in san francisco's famous landmark. does age matter when it comes to running a fortune 500 company? we'll show you surprising facts. it's being faithful to who we believe we're called to be. >> committed to their calling, how these bay area teachers manage to turn around their school. and moms day around the bay area saw big time cooldown. temperatures today only in the 60s to low 70s outside. you see the winds out there and can also see quite a bit of low clouds which may bring a chance of light rain in a few spots  tomorrow morning. we'll talk about a rapidly changing seven-day forecast when we come right back.
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never in my lifetime did i think i could walk 60 miles in 3 days. 60 miles in 3 days is-- is huge. if my mom can fight and beat breast cancer, i can walk 60 miles. you just put one foot in front of the other, and you know that you're walking for such a great cause that you just keep going. (man) that you have all these people coming together for one common goal. (woman) the goal is to bring an end to breast cancer. (woman) the fund-raising was the easiest part. people were very giving. complete strangers wanting to help.
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if i can do this, you definitely can do this. (woman) i'll never stop walking, not till we find a cure. (woman) and it has to end, but it starts with us. i knew someday i was gonna do this walk. it is the most rewarding experience i have ever had in my entire life. we can do this. you can do this. we can all do this together. (man) register today for the... and receive $25 off your registration fee. because everyone deserves a lifetime. last month golden gate bridge officials named a man who last worked on the bridge and it turns out that's not exactly the case. we talked to a man who played a small part in the construction of a larger than life landmark. >> reporter: most people driving through the central valley only
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know los banos as the town you pass on the way to somewhere else. among the 35,000 residents here, it's one who shares a small role in building of one of the world's most famous icons. >> we were going to high school, 1935. and a bunch of kids, gas tabl vilalta was a student and one day opportunity came knocking. >> the contractor come around and says that you know, that he needed a bunch of guys to come over and walk on some stuff. >> reporter: the stuff turned out to be a job working on the new golden gate bridge. >> for two weeks we had just nothing but pulling wire. we picked up stuff and cleaned up around the place. >> he was assigned crews in
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stalling lights on first hour. the weather wasn't always kind. >> it was always foggy, i wouldn't say too windy, but foggy and miserable re. >> reporter: at the end of several weeks was a paycheck and in lean means that meant far more than the historic structure rising over the golden gate stream. >> all we were thinking about was the money and at that time 1935, a critical time for a young boy 16 or 18 years old. >> reporter: there were dozens of contractors and thousands of workers who helped build the bridge. but because social security hadn't yet begun, there were no work records for many. this it was announced that the last original bridge worker died, the family of vil alta spoke up. >> he said, i'm not dead. we had never thought about it. he had given no thought to it at
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all. >> reporter: he doesn't want his contribution overblown. he says he was more excited about the building of nearby treasure island for the world's fair. but he does have fond memories of a paycheck in hard times and remembers exactly how he spends it. >> spent it on girls. what else can you spend it on? >> reporter: joe rosata, jr., nbc bay area news. tomorrow is mark zuckerberg's birthday and it's all scheduled when facebook is about to go public. many argue he's just as experienced, most at that level last an average of seven years but he has led facebook from eight and in the early years it was quite small. wall street observers say his maverick style might undergo a
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shift now that it's going public. hedge funds to name a few. after a shocking $2 billion loss, a wall street giant is being questioned about its judgment and it could lead to another bailout. plus, several bay area nuns shall risking their retirement to ensure the future of their a proud series coming up.
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it's a sale that helps patients and good way toe get a designer wedding gown for a good price. the nationwide tour of gowns happened this weekend. nearly 1,000 wedding gowns in all shapes and colors and some colors, mostly white and cream were donated by brides and designers and bridal shops. anyone would shop there and proceeds helped provide education and information to people impacted by cancer. >> in san francisco we've teamed up with care, they provide education and awareness. and so after the gown sale, basically the brides are paying it forward and make a monetary donation to their support or organization. >> the gowns are discounted between 25 all the way up to 85%. it's not just wedding gowns, there are also bridesmaids dresses and mothers of the bride and flower girl dresses as well.
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the news about education in california has not been great. you'll see schools closing and tuition going up and qualified students being turned away except at one san francisco high school. nbc bay area's garvin thomas shows us a school that took a big risk and turned things around. >> reporter: there are 240 students enrolled at i am mac lat conception academy. on an average day one quarter don't go to class. >> good morning. >> reporter: which you may be surprised to learn is just the way that sister lilly fitzpatrick likes it. >> open girls. >> reporter: she is the corporate work study coordinator. brought to work here three years ago when the school made a major change joining the christo ray network of schools and a work
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study for mat. >> do i walk too fast? >> reporter: a quarter of the student body isn't in class on any given day because they are in the real world doing real jobs. freshman carla gallo spends one day a week during clerical work. >> i've never been to an office or anything. that was a big experience. >> reporter: to understand why this catholic school is the way it is, you have to understand where ica was. started 120 years ago by mother maria piabaca to serve needy students and tuition climbed to $10,000 a year. the neediest couldn't afford the cost and ica couldn't afford that. >> there was no money. the families we were serving could not afford that tuition and we were not able to able to keep it going. the school probably would close. >> reporter: this is where the model came in. corporate sponsors are signed up and they pay the school for the
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work the girls do thereby lower the tuition. >> which thing is a solvent? >> reporter: making that transition was not easy or cheap. dominican sisters had to come up with millions to make the switch. they took a big risk and put their money where their face was. >> they did come from our retirement funds, it did. yes. we put $3.5 million of our retirement behind it. it may seem like a great risk to everyone else. but for us, it's just being faithful to who we believe we're called to be so -- >> faith is always where the perpendicular is -- >> reporter: the investment three years in sure seems worth it. tuition has not only dropped from $10,000 to $4,000. a year. next year it goes down again. and all available slots for


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