"Every man is a novel if you know how to read him." -- Goethe
(Nov. 18, 1999) -- In 1930, the ninth planet, Pluto, was discovered -- and Edwin Talbott's father lost his life's savings in a bank that went belly-up. In 1941, a Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor drew the United States into World War II -- and Vaughan Graham got his first job delivering groceries after school. In 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon -- and a Fool named Clarence invested money in real estate, which would leave him and his six children financially strapped for the next six years.
As this century comes to a close, we're constantly reminded of the major events that have shaped the last 100 years -- the wars, the inventions, the discoveries, the economic problems. But those events are only part of this century's great story. The other part, and perhaps the more compelling part, is the people who lived through the last hundred years.
Profiles of the Century is the result of interviews with our over-70 readers. We asked these readers to share their life experiences with us, and we are grateful that they took the time to do so. Some of their stories were happy. Some were sad. All were eye-opening and insightful. They made us appreciate the life that we enjoy today, thanks to earlier generations. Throughout the coming weeks, we'll be profiling individuals and sharing their thoughts and stories. After reading today's profile on Joan Rose and the article on the most influential people of the 20th century, we hope you'll post your thoughts and experiences on our Profiles of the Century message board.