Tell us an American that you admire


unclepercy
#1
I am trying to get a feel for what Canadians might think about American public figures, and not just political ones. I'm curious.

I realize that you haven't met this person, and probably you've just read about them or seen them on TV.

One American who was a true/blue lady was Mary Kay Ash. The founder of Mary Kay cosmetics. I knew her slightly, and I saw her doing some philanthropic work for the Susan B Komen Foundation.
However, I never worked for her or visited her. I know someone who knew her for over 35 years, and what I hear is all good.

Who do you admire - an American, please? And please keep the thread going - tell us another one if you think about it later. Maybe we can see what image the media creates.

Uncle
 
Jersay
#2
One American I admire would be Martin Luther King Jr, as well as Colin Powell.
 
unclepercy
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by Jersay

One American I admire would be Martin Luther King Jr, as well as Colin Powell.

Excellent choices.

Uncle
 
Finder
#4
There are many Americans I admire. Historically none of them are clean to our standerds but the standerds of the day they were a cut above the rest. I think a good example would be Mr Benjamin Franklin.
 
fuflans
#5
There are many Americans that I admire. Several have been mentioned already but I'll add Bill and Melinda Gates to the list. Also, Gordon Bombay (he's real in my heart, dammit)
 
Colpy
#6
How about Warren Buffet, who just gave 37.5 BILLION dollars of his 44 billion away to charity. Gave it to the Gates' foundation, who have done wonderful things in Africa.

They deserve kudos.

Americans I admire? Just the best one per category?
Living politicos:
John McCain.

dead politicos:
Thomas Jefferson

Military guys:
Lewis (Chesty) Puller

Writers
William Manchester
Shelby Foote
 
Finder
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by Colpy

How about Warren Buffet, who just gave 37.5 BILLION dollars of his 44 billion away to charity. Gave it to the Gates' foundation, who have done wonderful things in Africa.

They deserve kudos.

Americans I admire? Just the best one per category?
Living politicos:
John McCain.

dead politicos:
Thomas Jefferson

Military guys:
Lewis (Chesty) Puller

Writers
William Manchester
Shelby Foote

Isn't John McCain a communist!!!! Your so red Colpy!









j/k
 
Colpy
#8
A commie Republican?

Now THAT is a shocker!

Where's Tailgunner Joe McCarthy when you need him?
 
Finder
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by Colpy

A commie Republican?

Now THAT is a shocker!

Where's Tailgunner Joe McCarthy when you need him?

McCarthy is my hero... At least with the one great quote I can think of him ever saying.

Quote:

If this fight against Communism is made a fight against America's two great political parties, the American people know that one of those parties will be destroyed and the Republic cannot endure very long as a one party system.

Though I would say... he did not listen to his own words of wisdom.
 
Finder
#10
oh and Colpy you should know better then anyone that the Democrats and Republicans have a very loose philosophical base in which changes and morphes with the times. Conservatism, and leiser fair capitalism are just two main ones which it holds onto today, but could change slowly over time to something else.

BTW I like Mr John McCain as well.
 
Colpy
#11
Yeah.

I don't like some of McCain's politics. For instancwe, he is for stricter gun control laws in the States, something that seems to me to be completely out to lunch.

However, he is a real hero. He is honest, IMHO. When he comes out against torture, he KNOWS what he is talking about.

A good man.
 
Champloo
#12
Steven Colbert. Best political satyrist ever.
 
Finder
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by Champloo

Steven Colbert. Best political satyrist ever.

I like him and John Stewert, but I wouldn't say I admir any comedian, well unless I was one I guess.
 
Champloo
#14
John Stewart isn't funny, his "reporters" are though.
 
#juan
#15
McCarthy accused a man of being a communist. When the man answered that he was an anti-communist, McCarthy replied "Well I knew you were some kind of communist".

McCarthy wasn't one of my heros and I was always surprised at how far he got on just plain BS.

----------------------------------------------------

I admire all of the astronauts. The three disasters(two shuttles, and one Appollo accident on the ground) have shown just how fragile those vehicles are and these men, and women keep standing up to do it again.
 
missile
#16
Just a few off the top of my head : Lewis & Clark,John Paul Jones, Jim Bowie,Hank Williams, Robert E. Lee. George S. Patton and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
 
Champloo
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by missile

Just a few off the top of my head : Lewis & Clark,John Paul Jones, Jim Bowie,Hank Williams, Robert E. Lee. George S. Patton and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

I really don't know why one would list Robert E. Lee. Sure, he was one of the greatest millitary strategists / generals of his time, but he fought on the side that wanted to preserve slavary.
 
Dexter Sinister
#18
Aw jeez, how long a post can you stand? In no particular order, except maybe the order my eye fell on things by or about them on the shelves in my study:

Marion Anderson, Paul Robeson, Abraham Lincoln, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Jim Brown, William Manchester, Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Freeman Dyson, Melville Bell Grosvenor, Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, Brian Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Orson Scott Card, Michael Shermer, John Shelby Spong, Frank Herbert, Robert Heinlein, Stephen King, John Irving, James Michener, Noam Chomsky, William Blum, Susan Faludi, Jared Diamond, Robert Silverberg, Stephen Jay Gould, Ernst Mayr, P.J. O'Rourke, Ray Bradbury, John Allen Paulos, Loren Eiseley, Paul Simon, Phil Plait, Robert Carroll, Martin Gardner, John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, John von Neumann, LInus Pauling...

...and thousands more who are widely and rightly loved and honoured.
 
Dexter Sinister
#19
And Emmylou Harris. Sweetest voice this side of heaven, second only to the inimitable Patsy Cline.
 
#juan
#20
I thought George S Patton was crazy as a loon. He thought that in another life, he was a famous Roman general. He slapped a private who was suffering from shell shock. He wore two pearl handled six-shooters. He was definitely a looney but he did have a gift. He could lead men.
 
EastSideScotian
#21
Martain Luther King Jr. and I like Clinton.
 
#juan
#22
Quote:

Marion Anderson, Paul Robeson, Abraham Lincoln, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Jim Brown, William Manchester, Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Freeman Dyson, Melville Bell Grosvenor, Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, Brian Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Orson Scott Card, Michael Shermer, John Shelby Spong, Frank Herbert, Robert Heinlein, Stephen King, John Irving, James Michener, Noam Chomsky, William Blum, Susan Faludi, Jared Diamond, Robert Silverberg, Stephen Jay Gould, Ernst Mayr, P.J. O'Rourke, Ray Bradbury, John Allen Paulos, Loren Eiseley, Paul Simon, Phil Plait, Robert Carroll, Martin Gardner, John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, John von Neumann, LInus Pauling...

Such a wonderful list. I know probably ninety five percent of the names.
I would add: Larry Niven, for his Ringworld series , Dexter has named Orson Scott Card, who's book, "Ender's Game" was a sci/Fi benchmark. I've just finished re-reading Carl Sagan's "Contact" for the umpteenth time. My son is a physicist and his big hero was always Richard Feynman.
 
Simpleton
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by Finder

Quote: Originally Posted by Colpy

A commie Republican?

Now THAT is a shocker!

Where's Tailgunner Joe McCarthy when you need him?

McCarthy is my hero... At least with the one great quote I can think of him ever saying.

Quote:

If this fight against Communism is made a fight against America's two great political parties, the American people know that one of those parties will be destroyed and the Republic cannot endure very long as a one party system.

Though I would say... he did not listen to his own words of wisdom.

I kind of prefer this quote from John Mitchell, Attorney General, 1969-1972.

Quote: Originally Posted by John Mitchell, Attorney General

The conservation movement is a breeding ground of Communists and other subversives. We intend to clean them out, even if it means rounding up every bird watcher in the country.

 
Colpy
#24
Yep.

And John was sane, compared to his wife Martha.......

And yeah, somebody listed Heinlien in their group of admired Americans.....I concur.
 
I think not
#25
Thomas Paine.
 
Daz_Hockey
#26
I'm gonna chip into this one..yes ITN, ME lol, I agree Thomas Paine, I think you know why , but actually I thought of some before you wrote that:

Abraham Lincoln (had the balls to say "hang on, liberty and freedom for all?, this is a joke, it's a mockery, this country is currently 2 faced about this and I think we're a laughing stock until we change it"...I've been to the Lincoln memorial, read his speec, it effectivly says that, smrt cookie)

FDR....FINALLY managed to drag america into the most called for fight of good and evil the world has ever known, not that most of america thanked him at the time

Teddy Roosevelt.....Like him, I also love north Dakota, he also gave my town a citation...yes it's true, he visited southampton a couple of times, praised my forebearers highly and of course he did a hell of a lot for conservation.

Rev. Martin Luthor King jr. - no explanation needed

Ronald Reagan - maybe cus he was a crazy old coot, but I thought he was funny

Anastacia Newkirk - (I hear she's not well known in the US), but MY GOD, she's hot, best set of ahem......lungs I ever heard (she's also got a MAJOR Pair and looks amazing) couragous too especially after her breast cancer

Jenny Randolph Spencer Churchill - yes, an American, daughter of the editor of the New York times in the '20's old US money, mother of the greatest brit in history, Mr Winston Churhill.

there you go, my list.....mostly
 
Colpy
#27
GOOD LORD!

Alzheimer's setting in for sure......

HOW could I have forgotten Teddy Roosevelt???????
 
Daz_Hockey
#28
indeed, great man, as I say, I've got a fondness for North Dakota, it gets a bad rap from a lot of americans, but Teddy loved the place, the old Bull, and as I say, it's really true, he wrote a personal letter to the "citizens of that fine town Southampton, England" said he loved the people and the place, and we'll never forget it.
 
Alien Traveler
#29
Jesse James and Kurt Vonnegut
 
Mogz
#30
Political:
Ronald Reagan

Authors:
W.E.B. Griffin
Tom Clancy

Military:
General John "Black Jack" Pershing
General Dwight D. Eisenhower
 

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