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Back at the turn of the century (that sounds so strange) the history channel did a multi part series on the 100 most influential people in the last millenium. Each night as they counted down thru the 100 I kept trying to figure out who would be in the top 10. I was utterly facinated. I wanted to discuss it with my co-workers, but they just looked at me like I was nuts. They just didn't care, how sad.
are you ready?
Now, what do you think? Remember it's the last millenium - that leaves out Jesus, any of the apostles, Caesar etc.
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At the time there was a forum on the History Channel, but it was 8 years ago. What I can remember of the top 10 (not in order): Guttenberg, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Hitler, Franklin Roosevelt. I can't remember any more. It was so facinating and I couldn't get any one at work to discuss it. So who do think belongs in the top 100?
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How about someone like Singer? He didn't really invent the sewing machine but he certainly marketed it. Ford or someone along those lines for mass production?
I suppose I have no idea who's top 10 though! I'm not sure there should be 3 US Presidents there, but those lists always show the makers' biases.
Alexander Graham Bell
Joan of Arc
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Queen Elizabeth I
That's all I can think of right now! I will have to look up that program - sounds like it would be interesting. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
I remember watching that! I think Gutenberg was an interesting choice...however, I have to think that someone would have come along with the technology for mass printing at some point, anyway.
I think Martin Luther should definitely be near the top of the list.
Isabella and Ferdinand--no new world w/o their patronage
Henry 8--we'd all still be Roman Catholic w/o him
agree on Edison, Jefferson, Hitler, Lincoln, Ford
I do hope you can find it, Sheila, I would love to 'watch' it now or see the list--fascinating. I think I agree w/ Gutenburg as #1 choice--accessible literacy has provided the foundation for many of the individuals whom we also named--without it, we'd all still be waiting for our priests/ministers to tell us what to think, right?
The sewing machine gets no respect. Try sewing a shirt by hand and then you'll have second thoughts ;-)
ETA: I think it's the British Library where you can look at ancient books that were done by hand, includling the illuminations. It's mind-boggling - well for short-attention span types anyway.
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