One did time in prison. Another was raised by migrant farmworkers. All came from humble origins. Oprah Winfrey, Merle Haggard, dancer Bill T. Jones, Broadway composer Jerry Herman and Paul McCartney recently received one of the world's highest awards for artists: the Kennedy Center Honors. What does this tell us, if anything, about the will to succeed, the importance of personal history and the theme of the American Dream?
Success Editors on December 13, 2010 5:20 PM
I suspect that whether or not they became superstars, Paul McCartney, Merle Haggard and Jerry Herman would be composing and singing; Oprah Winfrey would be entertaining; and Bill T. Jones would be choreographing someone's movements.
Posted by Allison Miner, on December 13, 2010 12:00 AM
In this grim era, we need exceptional models of startling achievement, such as the Kennedy Center honorees, to remind us of the possibilities. We will only find triumph again by believing we really can do it.
Posted by Patricia McGuire, on December 13, 2010 12:00 AM