The next person on the list of people who have contributed to society is John Boyd Dunlop. Mr. Dunlop had a son who would get headaches whenever he rode his bike on rough roads. So Mr. Dunlop went to work and came up with the idea to put a rubber tube around the wood wheel of his son’s bike. He tweaked the tire until it rolled with no problem. Mr. Dunlop applied for a patent on the tire and was initially granted the patent but later taken away after it was discovered someone had drawn and patented the idea. But that doesn’t take away from Mr. Dunlop’s idea or contribution…as the fact that he physically made the product helped all of us. We can now ride smoothly and independently on roads, hills, and all types of surfaces because of the tire. Thank you Mr. Dunlop.
So the next person on my list in regards to people who contributed to society is none other than John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Now when JFK was in office things were going down. I mean going down….of all the things he did or help get started or helped push for Civil Rights for African-Americans and others, accepting responsibility for the Bay of Pigs, and getting the space program on the road and going…..but I believe the major contribution he made to society was not ending it. When his staff was breathing down his throat during the Cuban Missile Crisis and telling him he better do it…..push the button don’t be a coward…he relaxed looked at the big picture and said okay, what’s really at stake here…..talk about a show down of show downs…..one decision Russia would have fired we would have fired and I wouldn’t be typing on this computer right now and you wouldn’t be reading this blog because none of the advancements..that we see now..would have existed…well don’t take my word for it go read more about what Mr. Kennedy did for society…….click the link.
So some people loathe the name, others hate the name….but in my opinion that’s their problem…you can’t take away from the man’s contribution..and that’s none other than………Michael Joseph Jackson. Michael grew up in Gary, Indiana and was the 8th of 10 children. His father as we all now…….Joseph Walter Jackson…..was the script one of the family always beating the children into submission….which later caused..Michael to have serious issues..which is another story in and of itself……but the focus here is on Michael’s contribution…….he is the only artist with the best selling album of all time…(next to the Eagle’s Greatest Hits Album…….he did a lot for race relations as well..and thru music showed people the non-validity of some of their strongly held views…he also provide 1,000’s of jobs for all the writers, artists, engineers, and others that were involved in the performance and productions of his albums, events, music, and shows…..even as a kid I remember dancing to Billy Jean….for an elementary school performance…….not only did he make hit after hit, after hit, he donated more money to charity than any other artist…….even in death Michael you’re still great and thanks again for your contributions to society……..I posted a video performance of Michael’s 1993 Superbowl performance….it was amazing…..to this day, I still haven’t seen a performance this great at the superbowl, he was on another level……he mixed performance art with music and social content that was applicable at the time………I believe that’s another reason he had such powerful cross cultural appeal…you can feel his passion….don’t take my word for it….check the clip out…..below and read about the history of Michael Jackson here.