Ask a Question and You Could Win!

Published October 5, 1999 12:05PM (EDT)

To culminate the first year of our successful Brilliant Careers series, and Lexus are celebrating!

On Oct. 21, 1999, and Lexus will assemble an illustrious group of people for a lively salon discussion in San Francisco on the convergence of technology, arts and culture in the 21st century. They will also discuss the question "What makes a Brilliant Career?" has been answering that question by critiquing and celebrating the most interesting and influential people of our time with in-depth editorial profiles. Click here to check out the Brilliant Careers series, which appears weekly in's People section, sponsored by Lexus.

We invite you to attend the Brilliant Careers Salon in spirit! Submit a great question, and you will be mentioned by name if host Michael Feldman of PRI's "Whad'ya Know?" asks your question at the Brilliant Careers Salon. If your question is selected, you will also win a book by one of the panelists!

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The Panelists:

Arianna Huffington | Author, Lecturer, Broadcaster

Ms. Huffington has been a talk show host and is one of the most visible political pundits in the Republican revolution.

Alice Waters | Executive Chef and Owner, Chez Panisse

Ms. Waters is considered to be the pioneer of the "California cuisine" movement. In 1996 she established the Chez Panisse Foundation to attract support for educational and cultural programs that promote sustainable agriculture.

Stanley Crouch | Jazz Critic, Social Commentator, Author

Mr. Crouch is a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award recipient. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Crouch has helped take the national dialogue on race and culture to a new level with a combination of grit, talent and fearlessness.

Mary Ellen Mark | Photojournalist

Ms. Mark is unsurpassed at shaping both the odd and the everyday into genuinely surprising images that subtly yet powerfully challenge our preconceptions and intensify our convictions.

Ina May Gaskin | Author, Midwife, Teacher

Ms. Gaskin delivers half a dozen babies a month, and campaigns tirelessly for a national certification program for lay midwives.

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Grand Prize:

We will choose five winners! If Michael Feldman selects your question, you will be mentioned by name at the Brilliant Careers Salon, and you will receive a copy of one of the following books:

"Picasso" by Arianna Huffington

"Cafi Cookbook" by Alice Waters

"Always in Pursuit" by Stanley Crouch

"Mary Ellen Mark: American Odyssey" by Mary Ellen Mark

"Spiritual Midwifery" by Ina May Gaskin

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How to Enter:

Just submit your question here. Remember the theme is technology, art and culture in the 21st century and ... "What makes a Brilliant Career?"

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Event contributors to the Brilliant Careers Salon will include, Peets Coffee & Tea, Aperture Books and Ravenswood Winery.

Click here for OFFICIAL RULES and complete contest requirements.

"Ask a Question and You Could Win!" -- Official Rules

The Contest is brought to you by Salon Internet, Inc. ("the Sponsor").



Contest is offered only within the 50 United States. Contest is open to all persons who are legal residents of the United States and are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees, officers, and directors of Sponsors, their parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors, their immediate family members and persons living in their same household are not eligible to participate in the Contest. Void where prohibited. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. No purchase necessary to enter.

How to Enter:

Participants must submit a question to be answered by one of the event panelists. All questions must be received by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999. One entry per person household email address. Multiple entries will be discarded. NO PHONE INQUIRIES, PLEASE.

Prize Details:

Winners will receive one copy of a pre-selected book by one of the event's authors. Winner's name will be mentioned at the Brilliant Careers Salon by Michael Feldman.

ALL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OF THE PRIZE ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. All prizes will be awarded. All prizes are non-transferable, non-replaceable and cannot be redeemed for cash, bartered or sold.

By accepting and/or using the prize(s), winners agree(s) to the use of their names, voices and/or likenesses for the purpose of advertising, trade or promotion without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize(s) or fails to timely return the complete and executed affidavit and releases as required, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected.

As a condition of receiving the prize(s), the winner(s), within 7 days of notification, will be required to sign an agreement granting to all publication rights to the question(s), together with all ancillary and subsidiary rights, throughout the world and in any and all formats and media and including the right to grant sublicenses and to use the author's name in connection with the business of, and acknowledging that the prize(s) shall be the author's sole compensation for such rights.

Selection of Winner:

Winners will be selected from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified by phone, e-mail or mail. Questions will be judged on the basis of creativity and distinct voice. The winners will have 7 days from notification to accept their prizes. Sponsors are not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected or unsuccessful efforts to notify winner. By entering, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges, which shall be final. Sponsors, agents and representatives of Sponsors, their parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors, are not responsible for and shall not be liable for:

(i) late, lost, delayed, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible or postage-due entries;

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(iv) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest. reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel this Contest at any time. By participating in the Contest, participants agree to release and hold Sponsors and the employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives of Sponsors, their parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors, harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the Contest or resulting from acceptance, possession or use of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death and property damage, and claims based on content of the story, including but not limited to publicity rights, copyright infringement, defamation or invasion of privacy. Winners will be selected and announced once all affidavits of eligibility have been satisfactorily completed and returned.

Winners' List:

For a complete list of winners, please send a note requesting "Brilliant Careers" Winners' List and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to "Brilliant Careers" Winners' List,, 706 Mission St., 2nd Fl., San Francisco, CA 94103.

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Thank you for your entry!

Please enter only once. Winners will be selected at random once duplicate entries have been removed. Multiple entries will result in disqualification.

We will notify you if you are a winner!

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