Time magazine, April 30 – May 7, 2018 (a double issue) has a cover story entitled: The 100 Most Influential People. Influential is defined as “individuals whose time is now. It is not necessarily a measure of power or milestones accumulated.” The magazine adds that “a common theme is how much we can learn from them.”
In the section entitled, Pioneers(22 people), I learned about Peggy Whitson, NASA astronaut and the first female chief of the NASA astronaut office. She grew up on an Iowa farm and progressed to spending a record 665 cumulative days in space conducting hundreds of experiments. When she spoke, “the looks on little girls’ faces” was memorable.
I was most impressed by the students from Parkland, Florida (see above) who witnessed 17 of their classmates killed. The students pictured in the article were: Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin, David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, and Alex Wind. In Time’s issue, Barack Obama introduced them to readers saying: “They have the power so often inherent in youth: to see the world anew; to reject the old constraints, outdated conventions and cowardice too often dressed up as wisdom. Progress will be slow ad frustrating. But by bearing witness to carnage, by asking tough questions and demanding real answers, the Parkland students are shaking us out of our complacency.”
In the section entitled, Leaders(28 people), I learned about NFL and Houston defensive lineman J. J. Watt’s response to Hurricane Harvey. “He raised more than $37 million for hurricane recovery and delivered water, food and supplies to storm victims. In the process, he lifted the spirits of all Houston residents.”
Receiving most of my attention was Prince Harry (see above). He has “grown to inherit his mother’s warmth, sense of humor and courage to stand up and champion the causes he truly believes in.” Among the causes he chooses are the global AIDS epidemic, the stigma that can surrounding mental health issues, and the Invictus Games (his creation) to help injured armed forces personnel and veterans.
Artists(18 people) was the section that readers might identify with most easily. I saw Gal Gadotportraying Wonder Woman. As the article about her says, she was a “uniquely strong, smart, and charming superhero.” Audiences agreed.
Nicole Kidman (see above)was described by her friend, Naomi Watts. Kidman has been a talented actress for 3 decades and her talent has shown in everything she has done. The “intelligence, compassion, kindness, and humor that make her a great woman make her a fine friend, as well.”
Titans (14 people)mentions and praises Oprah Winfrey. Nothing new there. But I was glad to see Roger Federer (see above) mentioned as well. Watching his continued success on the tennis court was complimented by his contributions to a foundation which works to improve lives of poor children. Talent and compassion: fine talents both.
Icons (18 people)is the last category Time examines. Jennifer Lopez (see above) fits the bill. I saw her play opposite George Clooney early in her film career, and she ignited the screen. She was “the first Latina to make $1 million for a film; ditto for the first to have a Number 1 album and movie in the same week.” As a “beauty icon and entrepreneur,” her talent seems endless. Maybe it is.