People like lists and people like personalities. So here is an opportunity to blend both. The Discovery Channel and American Online (AOL) want to know who is the greatest American? If it’s too hard to pick between Abe Lincoln and Paris Hilton, don’t worry because you can name your Top 5. From politics, entertainment, business, literature, society, who influenced our culture most profoundly?
The voting began on January 13 and ends on February 1, with the top 100 nominees announced in March. The campaign continues through May with original mini-biography segments available online. Then in “American Idol” style, there will be a weekly TV series on Discovery with online votes determining how the list of 100 is pared down to No. 1. Imagine when Thomas Jefferson is voted off in favor of Ray Charles (due to post-Oscar fever) in week four!
Given that the voting is conducted online and is not scientific, the results may be skewed. Your Grandpa may love Williams Jenning Bryan, but he’s not gonna be on the web to vote for him.
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