Thursday, April 21, 2005

Famous, Infamous or Trivial. You Make the Call

The Discovery Channel has developed a new series, hosted by Matt Lauer. It will begin broadcasting on Sunday June 5, 2005 and air every Sunday in June.

The show has identified through public participation and input, the 100 Greatest Americans. If you assumed that some Presidents, scientists, astronauts, and war heroes were included on the list, you'd be correct. Click on

What amazes me is how short sighted Americans can be. Why would anyone pick Codoleeza Rice, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brett Favre, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson, Clint Eastwood, Lance Armstrong,Martha Stewart, Frank Sinatra, Dr. Phil, Marilyn Monroe ,Ellen DeGeneres, Donald Trump, Rudolph Giuliani and RUSH LIMBAUGH to be on the list? On a famous celebrity list or those who will shape America's future, or famous athletes,or even icons, perhaps, but as one of the 100 Greatest Americans, hardly!!!

Seeing Oprah Winfrey and Rosa Parks on the same list, chills my bones. Why Bob Hope and not Will Rogers? I'm sure you have your own peeves about this.

What will be interesting is who will be chosen as the greatest American? I can only speculate.
Does George Washington or Abraham Lincoln really have a chance against "the Terminator" and "Dirty Harry"? Stay tuned.

I'm surprised


Greg said...

Personally, I think they're just finishing for ideas. With the glut of cable channels and TV shows, nothing is all that interesting anymore. VH1 has so many "The 40 Most Awesomely Bad...." song shows featuring commentary from people of whom I've never heard; MTV force feeds hours of Rreal World/Road Rules to us, though they became boring 5+ years ago. So why not "The 100 Greatest Americans." I'm sure it will garner meidocre ratings.

Keith said...

I knew during the nomination period that most of my "greatest americans" (including Divine and RuPaul - hehe) wouldn't make the list. I'm going to make it a point to not watch any of it.