Chances are you've probably never heard of most of the people below. Some are worldwide celebrities, others lesser-known. They're educators, activists, physicians and authors. They're also ordinary people who have taught us extraordinary lessons through their lives. One is no longer with us, while others are just getting started. Each one has played a unique role in making a difference this year. And that's why they're newsmakers.
Dr. Susan Love
This General Wears Pink
In a groundbreaking initiative, the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Avon Foundation have just launched the Army of Women website, where they hope a million healthy women of all ages and ethnicities will sign up to participate in breast cancer studies.
Too Old to Succeed?
Ten thousand hours: That’s how long it takes to become good at something. Want to succeed at golf? Put in 10,000 hours of practice. Playing an instrument? Same thing.
'Don’t Put an Age Limit on Your Dreams'
By word and deed, U.S. Olympic swimmer Dara Torres set a milestone for people of all ages at the Beijing Olympics.
Dorothy and Herb Vogel
The Modest Medicis
Using only Herb’s modest salary as a postal clerk, the couple amassed an extraordinary collection of 4,000 contemporary artworks. And now they’re giving it all away.
A World of Words
Hard labor marked most of Alferd Williams' 70 years. But these days you won't find Williams on a farm or on a construction site.
At the Mercy of the Court
Lilly Ledbetter long knew something was up at the Goodyear Tire plant in Gadsden, Ala., where she was a supervisor. Her male colleagues bragged about huge paychecks while she was just getting by. So she decided to do something about it.
The Checklist for Health
Every year tens of thousands of Americans die because of medical mistakes. There’s nothing mysterious about these cases, and it’s quite clear what needs to happen to prevent them. It’s just that, for one reason or another, it doesn’t happen.
Let’s focus on two great gifts of the late Tim Russert.
No More Missteps
Charting a new life course is possible at any age. Patrick Kuhse is proof.
Mildred Heath doesn't have time to retire. She's on Deadline.