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    Greatest American?

    Did any of you all vote in the Greatest American contest?

    http://tv.channel.aol.com/greatestamerican

    I voted for Thomas Edison. Then I also voted for Albert Einstein. You can vote for up to three. (So for instance, you can vote for George W. Bush AND Ronald Reagan AND Billy Graham -- they are all in the final 25.)

    I wasn't sure about Einstein, because he wasn't really an American (born in Germany). But then I thought, well, what has made America great is all the people who came here from all over the World, each with their own unique contribution. So maybe choosing an immigrant who became a naturalized citizen late in life is the most appropriate choice after all. Einstein singlehandedly brought about a complete revolution in our understanding of the physical principles upon which the universe is organized. So that's pretty big -- maybe even bigger than Bob Hope.

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    and why did no one nominate me? LOL

    hmmmmmm I will have to see who is left to vote for...

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    Wow, there are some terrible choices on that list. Clinton, Bush and Oprah shouldn't be anywhere near that list.

    Oh well, it reminds me of the list for the Greatest Canadian from last year. There were some crappy choices there as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike79
    Oh well, it reminds me of the list for the Greatest Canadian from last year. There were some crappy choices there as well.
    Who won?

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    Oprah Winfrey? Lance Armstrong? They couldn't find anyone more worthy in all of American history? No woman in history was more important than these two people??? :sheesh:

    I had a hard time choosing. I was looking for people whose contribution was so unique that it was more than a coincidence of history and timing. I, therefore, selected Abraham Lincoln over George Washington and Thomas Jefferson--but I really had to think about that. Not to belittle Washington, but if he hadn't been our first president, someone else would have been. I realize that's a major oversimplification of his contribution. On the other hand, the decisions Lincoln made were truly made at the forks in the road of history, thus greatly determining its course. The myth of JFK is greater than his actual successes as a President. Same goes for FDR. As for Neil Armstrong and the Wright Brothers, well, someone else could have taken that first step on the moon, and I believe that the course of aviation would have been altered around the same time because others were close behind with their experiments in flight. I came down to Edison and Einstein and could have selected both easily (but chose Edison), but I wanted to include ML King because by sheer force of his personality and determination, he altered the course of history for the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman
    Did any of you all vote in the Greatest American contest?

    http://tv.channel.aol.com/greatestamerican

    I voted for Thomas Edison. Then I also voted for Albert Einstein. You can vote for up to three. (So for instance, you can vote for George W. Bush AND Ronald Reagan AND Billy Graham -- they are all in the final 25.)

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    So who was your 3rd choice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealtorGal
    So who was your 3rd choice?
    Thomas Jefferson. I thought, in the founding fathers/politicians category that Jefferson contributed the most ideas of lasting value.

    So it's down to the final five now: Benjamin Franklin (I kind of like this choice, actually. In the true American spirit he was a jack of all trades, master of none), Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and George Washington.

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    So for instance, you can vote for George W. Bush AND Ronald Reagan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piel

    uh oh... Piel's having some sort of attack breathe hun, breathe

    just so you know I didn't vote for BOTH Bush and Reagan...

    but I did vote Regan, Washington, and Lincoln for the top 5 round

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    Martin Luther King

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike79
    Oh well, it reminds me of the list for the Greatest Canadian from last year. There were some crappy choices there as well.
    Don Cherry tenth greatest Canadian? kill me now

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    I'm sorry but who in their right mind is up in arms about oprah being on the list? How is that possibly less appropriate than having Michael Jackson on there? Lets see...she is a successful icon, role model, philanthropist and advocate... he on the other hand is possibly not from our planet.

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    I heart Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealtorGal
    Who won?
    Tommy Douglas, the man who Canadians consider to be our 'Father of Medicare', i.e. our universal healthcare system. He was a pretty good selection, as was Terry Fox who came second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman
    So it's down to the final five now: Benjamin Franklin (I kind of like this choice, actually. In the true American spirit he was a jack of all trades, master of none), Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and George Washington.
    I like all the choices except for Reagan. I don't think he belongs in that group. I think there are too many presidents in the list, but if there had to be a third president I'd pick Kennedy. I'm surprised that Edison didn't make the list. I would've chosen him.

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