“Don’t be afraid to say ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I don’t understand’ – no question is a dumb question.”
#OTD 50 years ago the Apollo 11 mission launched. Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton lead the team that wrote the software for the Apollo 11 mission, earning her the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to the first successful moon landing.
“I just tried to fight and find a way when it mattered the most.”
Tennis player Novak Djokovic beat crowd-favorite Roger Federer Sunday in the longest Wimbledon singles final in history - it lasted nearly 5 hours. Djokovic called it the "most demanding match" of his career.
“…the Bible is better than Pinterest.”
West's advice to his creative friends about looking to history and faith as a source of inspiration. Forbes.com says West's billion dollar Yeezy shoe line is the closest in a generation to the iconic Air Jordan, but unlike Michael Jordan, West owns 100% of his brand Yeezy.
“Some leaders are born women.”
#OTD in 1984 fmr. VP Walter Mondale announced Ferraro as his presidential running mate. The three-term congresswoman was the first woman nominated for VP by a major political party. Today, six women seek the Democratic nomination for president.
“The spirit of a character is what really matters.”
Benson, who provided the voice for Ariel, the red-headed lead character of Disney’s animated "The Little Mermaid," responding to the debate sparked after Disney announced African-American actress/singer Halle Bailey will play Ariel in an upcoming film version of the story.
“Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.”
“Texas born. Texas bred. When I die, I’ll be Texas dead. Ha!”
“Ross Perot was certainly the most influential political force in the late 20th century from outside the regular party system. I think what explains it is people’s dissatisfaction — this is absolutely relevant to the appeal of Donald Trump — people’s dissatisfaction with business as usual in Washington.”
Perot & Politics
- During the 1992 presidential election, Perot at one time pulled ahead in polling vs. then Pres. H.W. Bush & future Pres. Clinton.
- Perot lost but won nearly 19% of the popular vote – the best showing for a third-party candidate since Theodore Roosevelt unsuccessfully ran a third rail campaign 80 years earlier in 1912.
“It’s not enough just to swing at the ball. You’ve got to loosen your girdle & let ‘er fly.“
#OTD in 1911 the woman named "Woman Athlete of the Half Century" was born. Zaharias began in track and field, winning two gold medals at the 1932 Olympics, and then went on to dominate amateur golf before turning pro and co-founding the Ladies Professional Golf Ass. (LPGA).
“Keep yourself in good shape if you can. Have many passions. And look for magic moments…like sunsets and sunrises, rainbows, beautiful birds, music and people’s lovely comments to you. All of those are magic moments and they are free for all. Be sure to keep your eye open for them.”
103-yr-old Julia Hawkins ran the 50- & 100-meter dash at the National Senior Games, reportedly the oldest person to compete in an American track competition. She says she's most proud of her 4 children & her husband of 70 years (who she wed over the phone during WWII).
“Love those close to you, soak up those moments, live for today, live in the present, because we’re not guaranteed tomorrow.”
Country music star Granger Smith on the drowning death of his 3-yr-old son, River. Drowning is a leading cause of death for 1-to-4-year-olds in America, second only to birth defects. Smith has raised $100k to donate to Dell Children's Medical Center where River was treated.
“Our big motto was ‘How do you eat an elephant?’ Small bites. One pitch at a time…one move at a time…one day at a time.”
10-year-old Selah Schneiter became the youngest person to ever scale El Capitan's Nose route, a notoriously challenging climb, in Yosemite National Park. She climbed with her dad, who, 15 years ago, fell in love with her mom on the same mountain.
“I’m always in love. If it’s not a person, it’s a flower or a sunset. Love is all.”
The heiress, fashion icon, designer, artist, & author died Monday. Her son, Anderson Cooper, said in a statement: "She was 95 years old, but ask anyone close to her, and they'd tell you, she was the youngest person they knew, the coolest, and most modern."
“Being brave, for me, means not giving up on the things that make me feel alive.”
Grunewald, known as Gabe, was a top competitive U.S. runner who, despite a long battle with cancer, continued to compete in her sport and inspire others, including HGTV's Chip Gaines, to do the same, while raising money for cancer research. She died Tuesday at the age of 32.