Greatest Living Icon

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  1. Lordpendragon

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    We recently had a vote for our greatest living icon in the UK

    BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Attenborough takes 'icon' award

    Sir David Attenborugh won, but I would have been equally happy with, Stephen Fry or Bowie representing my country in the Icon stakes.

    Who would be your choice for your country?
     
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    If he had not died in 2003, I would choose Johnny Cash.

    As it is, though, I'm voting for two "people"-- Beavis and Butthead.
     
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    Yes, I'm with you there with Stephen Fry LP.....but I'd give my Mum the top award...she works harder than anyone I know (and there is no bias in that statement), has sustained a happy marriage to my lovely Dad for 43 years, given birth to and nurtured 4 boys, still looks beautiful and is absolutely not afraid to speak her mind.
     
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    for my country? Greece?
    theres noone worthwhile. they're all a bunch of loosers, bad actors, bad singers, politics that are thieves. ... crap
     
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    Oscar Peterson
     
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    no brainer

    Ronald McDonald
     
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    LOL..now that's a good one and for so many Americans that is so true.

    There are so many wannabe's and poseurs in this country but for me right now, I would have to say

    Maya Angelou.
     
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    The AFLAC duck.
     
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    No Icons in Greece - that's quite funny really - does the church know?
     
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    Zamfir!!
     
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    I don't like him very much but he is in fact a living icon.

    Diego Maradona.
     
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    David Bowie Not just for England,but for the world...........:cool:
     
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    American Living Icons:

    Brooke Astor [b. 1902] - Last of the society grand dragons from the Gilded Age. Born just one year following the death of Queen Victoria, she saw the United States go from, "the olden days," to the Information Age and knew everyone who was anyone in the world during that time. A player behind the scenes, she had a front row seat on the 20th century.

    Neil Armstrong [b.1930] - When history sweeps away America like Ozymandius, Armstrong will still be remembered.

    Norman Mailer [b.1923] - Founder of New Journalism, re-made the American novel.

    Bill Gates [b. 1955] - Made PCs user-friendly enough to make them usable for everybody and productive enough for the average business to must have at least one.

    Olivia de Havilland [b.1916] - One of the last of the Golden Age Hollywood actresses. Two time Oscar winner, co-starred in Gone With the Wind, considered one of the greatest movies in history.

    James Dewey Watson [b.1928] - One of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA and its relation to RNA

    Leonard Suskind and Yoichiro Nambu - Co-discoverers and developers of string theory and quantum field theory. Basically picks-up where Einstein left off.

    Lou Reed [b.1942] - Profoundly influential founder of The Velevet Underground, laying the foundations of the punk and alternative rock genres.

    Gloria Steinem [b. 1934] - Brought feminism into the modern age, releasing it from its suffragette image; publisher of first women's magazine to not focus on traditional women's issues.

    Jim Dine [b. 1935] and Cy Twombly [b. 1928] - Pioneers in Pop Art.

    Andrew Wyeth [b. 1917] - Considered the greatest living American Realist painter.

    Walter Cronkite [b. 1916] - At one point the most trusted man in America. First and last of the American telejournlists of the Murrow school of journalism. Brought Americans news of many of the greatest events of the 20th century.

    Shirley Temple [b. 1928] - So famous and so important that the American government considered her one of the main morale boosters of the Depression. First child star to reach the top of the Hollywood.

    Dick & Burt Rutan - American aviation pioneers from the first non-stop circumnavigation of the globe to SpaceShip One. Embody the spirit of American invention, aviation, and exploration.

    Richard Wayne Penniman [b. 1932] - aka Little Richard - Credited by James Brown as the father of funk and, ultimately, rap and hip hop. Urban music owes an enormous debt to this dynamic music pioneer lightyears ahead of his time.

    Henry Kissinger [b. 1923] - From China, to detente, to Watergate, Kissinger has held the world stage as its senior political strategist for nearly half a century.

    George Lucas [b. 1944] - Creator and visionary director of Star Wars, the iconic myth of American popular culture.

    I can think of nearly countless others across the broadest spectrum of society but these are the ones I've thought of today.

    Honorable Mention - The Constitution of the United States of America - Recently tarnished by the actions of President George W. Bush and the Do Nothing Congress of the same time period, the constitution still stands a living document which acts as a beacon for the majority of the world which live in despotic regimes, banana republics, and the benevolent strong-man dictatorships. The Constitution has suffered such ignomy before and likely will again, but there is still no other government which has such a broadly-liberal written document acting as supreme law in the protection of rights and national governance. If anything says, "America," it is this one thing.
     
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    How can you say that?!?!

    The Geico caveman is obviously far superior.
     
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    Agree
     
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    Fucked shit up. But the pendulum will swing.
     
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    Commercials most likely to spawn a SitCom: The GEICO cavemen.
     
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    Yes, he's all he's "quacked" up to be. But he seems a little "down" lately...:biggrin1:

    The theme song should definitely "rock"!!:tongue: I bet they'll use "Light My Fire"...:rolleyes:
     
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    Canadian icons?
    Glenn Gould or Pierre Trudeau.
     
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    Past due date, Charles.
     
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