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Yes, there are people honored in many of our categories. Here, we recognize those who’ve made contributions in unusual fields. They’re inventors, humorists, and generals. And though we’re scrupulously nonpolitical, we have a couple of Presidents here, too.

Person: Paul Harvey

Posted by on Oct 26, 2009 in People | Comments Off on Person: Paul Harvey

What was it about Paul Harvey that catapulted him to the top of his profession? Was it the interesting mix of stories he chose, alternating...

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Person: Helen Keller

Posted by on Oct 14, 2009 in People | Comments Off on Person: Helen Keller

I’m sure you know the story of Helen Keller’s childhood, captured without much embellishment in The Miracle Worker. The victim...

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Person: Dr. Jonas Salk

Posted by on Oct 3, 2009 in People | Comments Off on Person: Dr. Jonas Salk

We often hear winter called the cold and flu season. But in post-World War II America, summer was the season of fear. Summer was the season...

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Person: Rosa Parks

Posted by on Sep 23, 2009 in People | Comments Off on Person: Rosa Parks

She worked her shift as a seamstress, a day like any other in a job that didn’t change much. She took her seat on the city bus, no...

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People: Orville and Wilbur Wright

Posted by on Sep 13, 2009 in People | Comments Off on People: Orville and Wilbur Wright

As Orville piloted their flying machine a week before Christmas in 1903 and Wilbur ran alongside, do you think the Wright Boys had any...

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Person: Chuck Yeager

Posted by on Aug 18, 2009 in People | Comments Off on Person: Chuck Yeager

My father ran the control board for the wind tunnels at Langley Field in Hampton, Virginia. As new airplane models were tested, he watched...

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Person: Billy Graham

Posted by on Jul 19, 2009 in People | 1 comment

Billy Graham has preached the gospel to more people than anyone in history. During one appearance in Seoul, South Korea alone, he addressed...

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Person: Walt Disney

Posted by on Apr 14, 2009 in People, TV / Movies | 2 comments

Lots of people have changed American culture. Some for better, some for worse. But few have had the positive influence that Walter Elias...

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