Monday, May 9, 2016

15 Minutes of Fame

1.  My husband in Iraq assisting with reconstruction efforts in IRAQ and made Bill Khakis Free Press.
Bills Khakis Free Press Fall 2004

2. My husband is credited for getting the Chinese to release the US spy plane and is featured on the front page of the New York Times.

"Standoff Brings Calls to Boycott Chinese Goods "

3. There is even a cartoon in the NY Times about him.

Political Cartoon Illustrating His Meeting with the Chinese Ambassador

(I purchased the original cartoon from Denziger for my husbands 40th birthday)

Well, my husband has been:

1. Interviewed and quoted above the fold in the NY Times;

2. Had a political cartoon made about him and his actions while meeting with the Chinese Ambassador when our plane was being held hostage;

3. Has been featured in a national Bill Khaki's Newsletter (Bill Bradly was the quarter before) while in Iraq;

4. Testified in front of congress

5. Has run for political office

6. Received the Order of the Arrow award for Boy Scouts

7. and was one step away from being the Ambassador to the Dominican Republic in 2002.

I guess he has had more than his share of fame don't you think?

15 minutes of Fame

It this important to us?
Me, I run a successful business for 18 years, MSU Dance team in college, community leader and PTO president, chosen for Leadership Michigan when I was 22years old, etc. Not above the fold in the NY Times that's for sure, but I feel fairly accomplished, but have many years to go.

Is fame important for self-actualization?


Preppy 101 said...
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Pink Martini said...

Maybe when we are younger, to get a taste of it. It gives us some insight, confirmation and inspiration that we can accomplish things but as we age and mature more, at least for me, the fame is not important and is almost uncomfortable. Last year I had a scholarship named in honor of me at our high school for all that I have contributed in terms of volunteer leadership. That meant more to me than anything that would be deemed a more famous recognition. And I've had that too. Doesn't even compare.

GrannySmithGreen said...

I'd have to say that I'm with Pink Martini. When it's all said and done--what good was the fame? I feel as though the relationships we form play a much more important role in our self actualization.

Another way to put it--"Am I defined by my resume?"

I hope not. I think there is so much more.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. G said...

Very interesting to read about you and your husbands accomplishments. In some past posts you mentioned attending some political events and this post explains the connection. We may have run into eachother along the way. Before moving to SE Michigan I was much more involved in political fund raising event hosting. Some times I miss it.