A few more names for their list
Atlantic Monthly just published its list of 100 most influential figures in American history. Quite the undertaking. (More impressive than my list of 80 funniest comedies of the 80s? Well, Chevy Chase only made one of the lists and it wasn't Atlantic Monthly's.) The top 5 are not surprising (Abe Lincoln, George Washington, Tom Jefferson, FDR and Alexander Hamilton). But how many 80s icons made the list? Just three.
Ronald Reagan is ranked highest, at No. 17. Bill Gates is there at No. 54. Sam Walton rests at 72.
Some other 80s icons who surely would be worthy of the list: Michael Jackson, Donald Trump, Jesse Jackson, Sandra Day O'Connor and Bill Cosby.