Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Famous 20th Century Americans




With Independence Day nearly upon us, I thought it was time to celebrate America through its iconic figures of the last century. This is my list ... you could add your own, debate my choices or just give thought to those Americans that have influenced you, your experiences, your life. My choices were based on the simple criteria that they must have made an impact on me through their achievements, their fortitude and their contributions to society in the 1900s. Are there more ... sure ... but I only have so much space. (BTW: These are in no particular order.) Have fun ... and make your own list.

Ali ... The Greatest ... both in the ring and in life

Babe Ditrickson (Zaharias) ... such a great athlete who influenced women's sports as no other has

Leonard Bernstein ... a true American musical icon ... I remember listening to him on the radio as a child

Julia Child ... if you love to cook ... and I do ... she has to be on the list ... transformed much of the  American diet

FDR ... accomplished so much even through personal pain ... arguably the best Democratic president of the 1900s

Frank Lloyd Wright ... creative, stubborn, arrogant, genius

Thomas Edison ... what didn't he invent?

Hepburn and Tracy ... Kate and Spencer ... they made the silver screen their own

Shirley Temple ... Hollywood's greatest little star

Ronald Reagan ... from sportscaster to B-movies to politics ... arguably the best Republican president of the 1900s

Jim Thorpe ... possibly the greatest athlete ever ... multi-sport champion

Jesse Owens ... challenged Hitler's best and beat them! ... one of sports greatest icons

Henry Ford ... "any color as long as it is black" ... made the automobile affordable for the average man
Seeing this list of Great Americans of the 20th Century gives a new meaning to "Made in America."

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