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Monday, January 17, 2000

Volume 8, Number 1

Kudos... to NBC’s Today

In recollecting the nearly-departed 20th Century, NBC’s Today show last month featured "a series of profiles, celebrating figures we believe made a special contribution during the course of the century," according to anchor Katie Couric’s introduction on December 3. Joining the likes of polio-buster Dr. Jonas Salk, tennis superstar Arthur Ashe and entertainment legend Julie Andrews were a couple of capitalists: Henry Ford and Fred Smith.

Ford, of course, invented the Model-T, the world’s first mass-produced automobile. According to Matt Lauer, who profiled Ford on December 24, the automotive pioneer "was the man who got America moving. He made the automobile practical and affordable, and in so doing created an industrial and social revolution, changing the way we live and work."

In 1973, Fred Smith started Federal Express, the first overnight delivery service. By accelerating the delivery of critical goods -- everything from key documents to computer parts -- Smith "transformed the way business is done around the world," said Couric in her December 16 segment.

Sometimes it seems the networks only care about business leaders who pollute the environment, harass their secretaries or are under investigation by the Justice Department. Kudos to NBC for showing two examples of how businessmen improved our standard of living during the 20th Century.

Rich Noyes


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