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