What Makes A Great Man Great?

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Editor:

Re: Symbol of Greatness Down the Drain

Some of you old-timers might remember a few years ago when Billy Rose, in his newspaper column, told of a meeting, at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago, of seven of the most powerful leaders in the world. They were more powerful than the U.S. Treasury, so they say.

They were: 1) Arthur Cutten, greatest wheat speculator in the world; 2) Richard Whitney, president of the New York Wheat Exchange; 3) Albert Fall, a member of the president's cabinet; 4) Jesse Livermore, the leading "bear" on Wall Street; 5) Leon Fraser, president of International Settlement; 6) Ivan Kruger, head of the world's greatest monopoly; 7) Charles Schwab, president of the largest independent steel company in the world.

These men could not endure because they lacked the true qualities that make a person great. True greatness depends upon one's willingness to serve others.

These were certainly men of tremendous power, "great" in the eyes of the business world. Where were they in 1948, 25 years later? Cutten died abroad insolvent, Schwab lived on borrowed money the last five years of his life and died penniless, Fraser, Livermore and Kruger committed suicide, Whitney spent a period of time at Sing Sing, and Fall was released from prison that he might die at home. Men who had their downfall just as some were trying to do to Michael Jackson. Accusations that I find hard to believe.

It is true qualities that should make a person great, and greatness depends upon one's relation to God and country, and upon our willingness to serve the welfare of others, asking no recognition or credit for ourselves.

Spud Henry, Payson

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