I can't believe Dr. DeBakey never popped up during "famous living Americans" week in elementary school like Dan Gable, John Glenn, and (feel free to snicker) Mary Lou Retton. His obit reads like a 20th century Thomas Edison, and the "son of Lebanese immigrants" should endear him to the usual suspects...oh, except for that pesky "the spoke English" thing.
Then again, I can name very few scientists/inventors currently practicing. James Hansen, because he's been busted for manipulating his "data" to get the public reaction he wanted. Roy Spencer, because I just read his book. Linus Torvalds. Ron Popeil.
I'm continually suprised that with all the news I read, I don't read about incredible people until they die. Forget "history starts the day you're born"--in the 21st century, history started last week.
And Tony Snow's death is just--wow, 53.
I'm increasingly depressed by my inadequacy, having neither a family nor a career. If anyone needs me, I'll be in the lake.