October 11, 2010
A couple of days ago someone asked Harry Reid who he thought were the greatest living Americans. He named Teddy Kennedy and Robert Byrd, both of whom are dead.
Anyway, it got me to thinking: who would I say? I think Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Andy Grove. Between the three of them, they've changed the world and made it a better place.
Posted by: slamsmith at October 11, 2010 09:26 AM (/rXF7)
I think he mentally interpreted "living" to mean "contemporary" as opposed to "historical" greatest Americans like Lincoln and Washington.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 11, 2010 10:20 AM (+rSRq)
So even though I think your reasoning is valid and a likely explanation, I still think it makes Reid look like a total dunce.
Posted by: atomic_fungus at October 11, 2010 01:44 PM (widk0)
If we're going with "contemporary" as opposed to "living," I'd have to nominate Norman Borlaug, who died last September. The Father of the "Green Revolution" in agriculture. Credited by many as having saved a billion (yes -- that's with a "B") people from starvation. Few people have ever heard of him though.
Posted by: Dave Young at October 11, 2010 03:55 PM (ZAk0Z)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 11, 2010 04:03 PM (9KseV)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 11, 2010 04:17 PM (+rSRq)
Problem with Norman Borlaug is that there is an appreciable number of people in the West who dislike him for various reasons, none of the them valid but all of them very emotional. The environmentalists who believe the less humans on Earth the better; the people who despise GM food crops and/or the 'natural' proponents; the animal rights activists; even the protectionists/fair trade people It might not be too surprising that the anti-Borlaug factions tend to vote for people like Harry Reid.
Posted by: cxt217 at October 11, 2010 05:00 PM (S2Y6q)
I guess I'm being a bit self-centered here. Borlaug certainly changed the world, but he didn't change my world.
But Gates, Jobs, and Grove have changed my world drastically. I can't imagine what my life would be like without the things they did.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 11, 2010 05:43 PM (+rSRq)
Perhaps I had enough exposure to alternatives to Intel etc. Also, due to USSR being so backwards I sampled computing as it was before micros. Our university's biggest mainframe was built out discrete transistors.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 11, 2010 06:08 PM (9KseV)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 11, 2010 06:22 PM (+rSRq)
C'mon, Steven, think of how many more sanctimonious celebrity "Feed the World" type concerts we would've had to put up with if Norman hadn't been around.
(Yikes! Was that ever politically incorrect. My bad!)
Posted by: Dave Young at October 11, 2010 06:30 PM (ZAk0Z)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 11, 2010 07:32 PM (9KseV)
Pete, you working for Intel now?
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 11, 2010 08:15 PM (+rSRq)
Norman Borlaug would have been my nominee too had he not passed away last year.
I can't, off-hand, think of a single living America politician I'd nominate as great, much less greatest.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 11, 2010 08:15 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 11, 2010 10:01 PM (9KseV)
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